Telecom Lightbox boasts 5000 hours of TV

TOM PULLAR-STRECKER
Last updated 13:36 01/08/2014
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LET IT BE: Telecom's Lightbox reportedly includes anytime-streaming of new series like Masters of Sex.

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Telecom has fleshed out its challenge to pay-television provider Sky Television, releasing more details of the shows that will be available on its internet television service, Lightbox.

Lightbox, which will cost $15 for each 30-day subscription period, will launch late in August after an invitation-only trial, initially offering 5000 hours of television, the company said.

Among the new content confirmed by Lightbox will be the exclusive first-run streams of season one of Outlander, a fantasy series directed by John Dahl and based on the books by Diana Gabaldon.

Other newly announced streaming exclusives are Alpha House, Betas and Arrested Development.

Telecom had already announced first-run subscription-video exclusives for Vikings, 24 and Mad Men. Sky said it had the right to broadcast Mad Men before Telecom offered it online.

Other shows that will be available for anytime-streaming on Lightbox include Masters of Sex, Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad, Doctor Who, Homeland, The Inbetweeners, Sons of Anarchy and House of Cards.

Telecom said it had recruited former Foxtel, BBC and BSkyB executive Kym Niblock as Lightbox' managing director.

"The way in which New Zealanders and the rest of the world watch TV is rapidly evolving," Niblock said.

"Lightbox will accelerate that trend and provide a world-class viewing experience."

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