Schoolboy gains easy access to TVNZ site
5:00AM Thursday March 8, 2007
By Leighton Keith | Taranaki Daily News, http://www.stuff.co.nz
TVNZ has tightened security around a new website after a New Plymouth schoolboy helped himself to episodes of his favourite show.
Kyle Wadsworth, 14, a New Plymouth Boys’ High student, embarrassed the broadcaster by tapping into its new on-demand television website at the weekend and wrote about it on blog site Throng.
“It was pretty easy, it was just there,” Kyle said.
The site, which is not officially open yet, will sell episodes of selected shows for $2 a half-hour. Kyle had been searching through an index on the website and after making slight changes to a web address he was in.
While on the site Kyle downloaded two episodes of Shortland Street for free.
Kyle was surprised at how easy it was to gain access.
“They have hyped it up so much as being revolutionary, I thought it would be protected.”
By yesterday Kyle’s posting about the TVNZ site had recorded more than 2000 hits and the feedback had been positive.
Kyle said the TVNZ site was “pretty good”.
“It is really easy to navigate. A bit modern for TVNZ,” he joked.
Nobody from TVNZ had contacted Kyle. “I thought I would get a telling off, but I guess I’m just lucky.”
He had mixed emotions about what would happen when his story was in the local paper today. “I don’t like to think about it actually. It has just been really overwhelming.”
Kyle said he was not always on his computer and liked to just hang out with his friends at the beach at times.
He would like to be an actor and has just been added to the books of the New Zealand Talent Agency in Auckland.