What is Fast FOUR?
FOUR's commitment is to provide viewers with pure entertainment – Fast FOUR is our latest initiative to bring the newest and freshest entertainment to NZ screens.
A Fast FOUR show is any overseas programme which screens within seven days or less of its overseas start date. That means when Season Four of Glee starts in the US, it will be screening here within seven days of the broadcast – woo hoo!
Why are you playing repeats of Fast FOUR shows?
When shows in the US go on a hiatus for a holiday or to play a sports game – we have too as well. When this happens it means we won't have a new episode to play until the U.S do. So we'll play an encore (repeat) episode of that show instead. Hold tight because there shouldn't ever be more than 4 encore episodes of a show in a row.
What shows are part of Fast FOUR?
These viewing goodies: Glee, New Girl (special one hour season premiere episode) and How I Met Your Mother. Our long term goal is for the majority of our shows to fall under the Fast FOUR umbrella.
What about the other FOUR shows like ANTM and American Horror Story? Why are these not part of Fast FOUR?
Not all our shows can be part of the Fast FOUR initiative as we'll still need to catch up to where they currently are in the States – but never fear we will get there and one day they will be welcomed into the Fast FOUR fold.
What happened to The Simpsons and Family Guy? Are they still part of Fast FOUR?
New episodes of The Simpsons and Family Guy will be moving to TV3. TV3 will screen the episodes as soon as possible but it won't always be within a week of the US airdates as it has been on FOUR. You can still watch encore episodes of these shows on FOUR.
What happens when the U.S take a break from showing new season episodes?
We play new episodes of your favourite shows in the same week as the states. This means that when shows in the US go on a hiatus for a holiday or to play a sports game – we have too as well. When this happens the US plays an 'encore screening' of an old episode – and so do we.
FOUR will be playing encore episodes when the US do. We will announce when the Fast FOUR episodes resume.
Please note: Encore episodes may be different to those aired in the states. There shouldn't ever be more than 4 encore episodes of a show in a row.
Why are some episodes not On Demand?
We are unable to play the encore episodes On Demand. However, when we resume with new Fast FOUR episodes they will be back On Demand!
Why are you doing this?
Television viewing is no longer a solitary event – FOUR wants to give viewers the chance to be part of the global story and allow them to be part of the TV conversation as it happens, not six months after the show's original broadcast.
Is this simply a ploy to stop viewers illegally downloading your shows?
FOUR is committed to being the best providers of pure entertainment in NZ and if we can mitigate the risk of our viewers getting in trouble for illegally downloading shows then that's a double win! Hurrah!