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  • Michael Stevens,

    RSVP .

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 230 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Um, since I have a better chance of grabbing your attention here. Thanks for the invite -- when?

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Capewell,

    Cool. I hope Media7 will get torrented/uploaded somehow for us overseas to watch!

    Manchester • Since Nov 2006 • 62 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    Hehe, I predicted you should have your own TV show, when...

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Have a great launch, Russell. When you get a mo (and I know you are very busy chappie) could you give me some info on hooking up to Freeview (ie fitting it around Sky Digital). Maybe there isn't a problem but the Freeview people haven't been very helpful.

    In the real world of Super 14, prospects are getting brighter, with the improving form of the Chiefs. Got some great talent, that team.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2558 posts Report Reply

  • Jason Kemp,

    The TVNZ site makes my eyes hurt - but surely no harm in linking to

    The pr intro for Media 7

    (Marketing tip to TVNZ wesbite managers - how about using shorter human readable URL's - better for SEO and actual humans! - Its not that difficult to do.)

    And to On Demand in the space where a link to Media7 should be?

    presume the show will be available online somewhere? for those who haven't got freeview boxes sorted yet?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 368 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Have a great launch, Russell. When you get a mo (and I know you are very busy chappie) could you give me some info on hooking up to Freeview (ie fitting it around Sky Digital). Maybe there isn't a problem but the Freeview people haven't been very helpful.

    Is it Freeview satellite? You just need to run the coax from your dish into the Freeview box first, then out from there into your Sky decoder. From memory, our MySky needed a soft reboot, then was fine.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Idiot Savant,

    So, how long is it till I can get a workable decoder again? The ads during the launch yesterday made me crave real TV.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1716 posts Report Reply

  • samuel walker,

    you won't get the usual unlikely torrent of prose from me. I'll pop in on Thursday with links to the various internet iterations of our work, on the main site, TVNZondemand and, yes, even YouTube.

    so instead of the 'torrent of prose' we may be getting a prose on torrents.........


    ahem,,,,

    ,,,,yep, i think i will be keeping the day job!

    Since Nov 2006 • 203 posts Report Reply

  • Charles Mabbett,

    Congratulations, Russell. Are there any plans to get Mr Brown in Singapore on the show from time to time?

    Since Nov 2006 • 236 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    RSVP .

    Uh, sorry -- you needed to reply by email Michael. But I'll put you down for next week ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    Speaking of freeview, and general discussions of poor customer service, I was in Dick Smith's at St Lukes on Saturday and I was looking at the freeview decoders. The sales staff girl who came to talk to me not only knew all the answers to my questions how to connect the freeview box to my TV which already has a HDD PVR/DVD player, skydigital decoder, X-box and my torrent playing laptop (we download over the wireless network to this laptop so we can watch movies directly) but when she found out I have a big LCD set she actually persuaded me NOT to buy the $249 freeview decoder, telling me to wait until the HDTV version comes along.

    Upshot of her excellent customer service was she didn't get a $249 sale - but I know exactly where I will be purchasing my $400-500 HDTV freeview decoder - from her.

    Until then, its TVNZ on demand thingy for me.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2217 posts Report Reply

  • Kerry Weston,

    From the files of a techno-dummy: Tom, I also have an LCD tv, no aerial, we use bunny ears. Reception is ok for tvnz, not prime. Looked into freeview options, but, shock horror, I'm confused.

    Is the HDTV freeview decoder you mention the best option - will I need a proper aerial or would I be better off getting a dish?

    Manawatu • Since Jan 2008 • 494 posts Report Reply

  • Julie Fairey,

    Good luck Russell and team!

    Puketapapa Mt Roskill, AK… • Since Dec 2007 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Thomas,

    Dick Smith

    yeah, every time i've been to Dick Smith, they've always had someone who knew what they were talking about. they're great! kudos to their training people

    as for noel leeming / bond and bond...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 317 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    as for noel leeming / bond and bond...

    Does Noel Leeming train its staff to make you feel like a dirty old man hanging around a kindergarten inside of a minute, or is that just a happy coincidence? I know you folks want to make a sale, but give me a couple of minutes to look around.

    yeah, every time i've been to Dick Smith, they've always had someone who knew what they were talking about.

    Even better: "I don't know, but I'll find someone who does". I don't expect ever clerk in a store of this nature to be expert on every single item in stock, but I do expect them to put service ahead of ego/arse-covering.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • InternationalObserver,

    Does Noel Leeming train its staff to make you feel like a dirty old man hanging around a kindergarten inside of a minute, or is that just a happy coincidence?

    Do you spend much time coming up with these colourful flourishes or do they just spill off your fingertips and straight into the computer?

    Since Jun 2007 • 909 posts Report Reply

  • Yamis,

    Russell, real men tip in the NRL.

    That's where we get made to feel weak and pathetic.

    Greg Alexander managed to tip 0 from 8 in week 2 and there he was as an expert comments person on the tellie the other night. Although the vast majority of tipsters no matter where you look are well below or right on 50%.

    The Super 14 is a walk in the park by comparison, even if the Blues are pretending they are going to lose games lately.

    Since Nov 2006 • 903 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    I promise to watch the ads on YouTube. A freeview decoder isn't in my allowed capex for this year.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10653 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Does Noel Leeming train its staff to make you feel like a dirty old man hanging around a kindergarten inside of a minute, or is that just a happy coincidence?

    Curious, they always make me feel like a dirty old man in a nightclub. I don't know any of the tunes and no one will talk to me. Getting even filthy looks would be an improvement.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10653 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Do you spend much time coming up with these colourful flourishes or do they just spill off your fingertips and straight into the computer?

    I've been told that I have an analogical mind and no internal censor. If you know anything about my background, that wasn't meant as a compliment.

    Curious, they always make me feel like a dirty old man in a nightclub. I don't know any of the tunes and no one will talk to me. Getting even filthy looks would be an improvement.

    I have the opposite problem. Do I really look like the kind of person who require immediate intervention before you start licking the cordless phones or attempting to shoplift a fridge/freezer?

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    Media7 will not only look at the media, but will include practical explanations as to how different elements of the media work, such as advertising, PR, and media buying.

    This is in the vocational guidance section of the show I presume.
    Gotta get those yuffs into employment eh, or give the illusion they might get well paid employment.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1890 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    I have the opposite problem. Do I really look like the kind of person who require immediate intervention before you start licking the cordless phones or attempting to shoplift a fridge/freezer?

    If only we could see ourselves the way others see us. I suspect I'm hard to distinguish from the background. The camouflage of total ordinariness.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10653 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Thomas,

    Fantastic show tonight Russell! Congratulations!
    I think you had Mark Jennings sweating in the first 10 minutes (though I'm not sure if that was your intention)

    The news item straight after media7 was priceless - does the presenter always store her microphone under her desk?!

    I'm not sure if you're aware, but there was a bottle of heineken placed squarely in front of the audience camera during your show - it looked a bit like product placement...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 317 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    The news item straight after media7 was priceless - does the presenter always store her microphone under her desk?!

    Quite possibly -- but there are encouraging signs that TVNZ7 news don't have a lot of money to splash around, so might just be focused on doing the basics right.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

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