Press Release: Freeview Extends HD Coverage

Broadcasting Minister Jonathan Coleman today announced free-to-air high definition digital television, also known as Freeview|HD, will be available by UHF aerial to an extra 160,000 homes in time for the Rugby World Cup.

The Government is extending the existing digital terrestrial television (DTT) service to Whangarei, Rotorua, Gisborne, Taupo, New Plymouth, Whanganui, Wairarapa, Nelson, Timaru and Invercargill.

The decision to expand the DTT network means over 86% of the population will be able to receive the HD signal using a UHF aerial by September 2011, up from the present 75 percent.

The DTT extension is part of the Government’s move to modernise New Zealand’s television broadcasting network by replacing the old analogue system with universal digital broadcasting.

Digital switchover will be phased starting with Hawke’s Bay and the West Coast in September 2012. The rest of the country will switch over in three stages between April and November 2013.

New Zealanders who live outside the DTT coverage areas can still receive digital television using a satellite dish. Recent research shows that 72% of New Zealanders have already converted to digital television.

Households that have Freeview, Sky or TelstraClear, are already set for digital switchover.  Other viewers do not need a new television to make the switch, but may need to buy a set-top box and possibly a new aerial or satellite dish depending on what equipment they currently have and where they live.

More information on the DTT extension and how to receive the signal is available from the going digital website, www.goingdigital.co.nz or by calling 0800 838 800.

  • If you still need convincing of Freeview|HD’s advantages, see Chris Philpott’s blog.
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2 Responses to “Press Release: Freeview Extends HD Coverage”

  1. Bring it to Marlborough !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Nice to see that it’s being expanded.

    PS Shine is now in DTT CH 40 in AKL and Arirange (Korean CH in English) is on CH42 & 43. Rescan needed.

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