Happy New 2015!

Happy January all. 2015 will be the year streaming TV joins the content game.



Happy new year everyone!

Hope you had a blast and your head is not too sore.

Here’s hoping your year is happy, healthy and with some tempting telly treats.

You’ll have a lot more content options this year when new streaming start-ups such as Netflix, Stan and Presto Entertainment get underway. We love to binge our best Dramas (Transparent and, hopefully, Bloodline and Better Call Saul will be the pick of the new streaming ones) and the viewer is becoming more empowered as to how they consume so much choice. How far we have come from 5 channels on analogue….

2015 year will be defined by Gallipoli commemorations with both Nine and Foxtel to roll out lavish dramas, premium local dramas on ABC (The Secret River, Glitch), SBS (The Principal) and Foxtel (Banished, A Place to Call Home), Seven has a sprawling doco (Australia: The Story of Us) and TEN will tickle our funnybone with Gogglebox (also on Foxtel).

Shaun Micallef will also keep us laughing with The Ex PM, Paul McDermott gets chatty on Room 101, and Charlie Pickering launches a new ABC show.

There’s plenty of returning Reality, joined by new formats Shark Tank, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!, Restaurant Revolution, The Bachelorette, Married at First Sight and a rumoured new food format by Nine. Sport will be big and bad in the push for more Live viewers.

2015 will also see Neighbours mark a remarkable 30 years on Australian television and the end of Redfern Now.

Returning after time out are Go Back To Where You Came From, Gruen, Australia’s Next Top Model and a rumoured Renovation Rumble.

But it will be time to farewell such shows as Mad Men, The Mentalist, Nurse Jackie, Parenthood, Two and a Half Men, Justified, Falling Skies, White Collar and The Late Show with David Letterman. 

You’ll also have more HbbTV services, combining television and broadband, provided you have compatible sets. Foxtel viewers are also getting the IQ3 and a new Arts channel.

Next week TV Tonight turns 8 and voting for the 2014 awards has now closed.

January is also Awards time with with AACTA Awards and Golden Globes on TEN and FOX8 respectively.

Hiatus mode continues this month and your patience is appreciated.

thanks, David

14 Responses

  1. Happy new year, David! I’ve lost track of how many years I’ve been a reader but I remain loyal and grateful to an excellently written blog maintained with love. And happy new year to my fellow readers / contributors, too!

  2. My Plans for Friday Nights on the Seven Network to have a Third 7:30 to 8:30 seeming the Network already has Better Homes and Gardens on 7 and 7two and when the AFL Season Commences in April, 7 and 7mate take the Game, I want an Alternative Friday Night 7:30 to 8:30 on 7two in NSW/ACT, Queensland and Western Australia and 7mate for Everywhere Else, New Episodes of The Goldbergs and New US Sitcom Black-Ish or The Mindy Project to air in that Timeslot.

    1. James you have mentioned your plans for Seven a number of times now, but as we know networks actually have their own plans. Probably helpful to invest in a PVR to record the content and view it at your leisure. Or become a shareholder! Thanks.

  3. I like the promos for I’m a celebrity, get me out of here, the use of animals is very clever, but I think the show won’t work past a couple of weeks.

    The Shark tank promos of edible bugs and a cricket wicket esky, really? Just close the esky and turn it on it’s side, cricket wicket, to easy!!
    No matter how bugs are promoted or how healthy they are for you, I for one will not be eating them.

  4. Here’s an Idea for Plus7 9’s JumpIn and TenPlay to Follow TVNZ’s Model and Launch WatchFirst to allow Australians to see Fresh Comedy and Drama from the USA and UK long before they Screen on TV here. Look up TVNZ on Demand on Wikipedia.

  5. Thanks for a great year David. I often feel guilty at how awesome your blog is and how much it contributes to my enjoyment of TV every day…. And it’s free! Hope you feel appreciated this new year because you are 🙂

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