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Lightbox lights ups you internet connected device with local TV

New Zealand based online television service Lightbox has added a bundle of Kiwi-made TV shows to its line-up.

Lightbox gives viewers the freedom to choose from thousands of hours of great TV shows, all ready to watch on demand with no interrupting adverts. With award-winning drama and crime shows, popular comedy and sci-fi series and an impressive line-up of kids’ programmes, Lightbox has something for the entire family to enjoy. The service can be used by anyone with a broadband internet connection and is compatible with desktop PCs, laptops, iPads and also works on Apple TV with Airplay.

Lightbox recently announced new shows from local producers including bro’Town, Nothing Trivial and The Jaquie Brown Diaries. In addition, Jane Campion’s stylish, unsettling detective miniseries Top of the Lake - filmed in and around Queenstown - has also been added to Lightbox.

Head of Programming Maria Mahony said in a press release that Lightbox is aimed to offer the best in each category and as a home grown service, one category it had always wanted to carry is New Zealand-made television.

“We want to build a comprehensive collection of shows that represent the depth and variety and weirdness of the New Zealand imagination and that tell local stories that need to be told. This latest drop of shows is our first step down that path.”

Fact-based series and mini-series about historically and culturally important topics are among Lightbox’s New Zealand made offerings, including ‘Clare’ starring Robyn Malcolm, a retelling of the malpractice scandal exposed at National Women’s Hospital in the 1980′s.

In the genealogy series Here To Stay, noted New Zealanders such as Michael Hurst, Frano Botica and the late Ewen Gilmour find out more about their tupuna. And handy heritage wisdom is handed down in The Garden Pantry which shows how to grow fruit and veg in the average Kiwi backyard.

Those in search of classic Kiwi laughs can feast on all five seasons of the one and only ‘bro’Town’ or James Griffin’s popular pub quiz rom-com ‘Nothing Trivial’ or chuckle along with ‘The Jaquie Brown Diaries’.

And it wouldn’t be New Zealand television without some truly rad ‘kidult’ and fantasy shows.

For youngsters, Lightbox has charming drama series Being Eve (featuring a young Fleur Saville), Margaret Mahy adaptation Maddigan’s Quest (featuring a young Rose McIver), and award-winning mystery Kaitangata Twitch, filmed in Mahy’s hometown of Governors Bay.

For those who like being creeped out, the Temuera Morrison-fronted Mataku uses Maori tikanga and legends to tell spooky ghost stories.

In a recent press release, Lightbox CEO Kym Niblock, highlighted the company’s commitment to providing greater choice when it came to how, when and where New Zealanders watch TV.

“Over the past two months tens of thousands of New Zealanders have had a taste of what Lightbox is all about: affordable and great TV, online, anytime.”

“While we already have a stellar line-up of international TV shows and are busy acquiring more, we’re pleased to be able to add even more terrific TV shows to our bursting line-up. It’s a great time for people to sign up for our 30 day free trial and experience the future of entertainment and what it really looks like.”

For a free 30-day trial of Lightbox register at www.lightbox.co.nz

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