If our local TV networks are finding it tough competing with the tsunami of international content on global streaming platforms these days, they're doing a good job of hiding it.

Kiwi TV has enjoyed a golden run for the first half of 2019, with a few more risks being taken in getting local content out to the masses.

Some of these risks have been bigger than others. TVNZ, for example, launched two new local shows — Straight Forward and Zombody Save Me! — via its OnDemand platform this week, with each of them representing uncharted territory for the network.