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Freeview Rejigs Channel Numbers

Ahead of Discovery launching its Eden and Rush channels, Freeview has rejigged its channel line-up to streamline navigation. Here’s the media release: Freeview announces major changes to its channel line-up Exciting changes are coming to Freeview this month, with  new channels launching and others shifting position to make navigating free-to-air content easier than ever. On […]

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No HD Relief for Freeview Satellite Viewers

Satellite viewers of Freeview will be stuck with standard definition broadcasts for the next decade following Kordia’s renewal of its satellite agreement with Optus. “Kordia will be initially utilising the Optus D1 satellite, transitioning to the new Optus 11 when it launches in 2024,” the Kordia statement says. “The deal will see satellite broadcasts accessed […]

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Top Exec Quits Freeview

First it was TVNZ that quit the Freeview platform to focus on expanding TVNZ OnDemand as a unique streaming platform; now Freeview boss Jason Foden is leaving the service, with Freeview product manager Leon Mead taking over as acting general manager. Here’s the media release: Departure of Freeview CEO Jason Foden Freeview’s Chief Executive Officer […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: TVNZ OnDemand Goes Interactive

TVNZ is offering a world first with an Interactive Connected TV initiative for TVNZ OnDemand that works on Chromecast and Android TV. The new service lets advertisers customise their video content so viewers can use their remote controls to learn more about products and brands. Here’s the media release: Interactive Connected TV is now available […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Prime HD Streaming on Freeview

Sky and Freeview today announced Prime could be streamed in HD on the SmartVU X streaming dongle and will be extended to other devices next year. The initiative coincides with Prime going HD on Freeview’s UHF service years after it was upgraded to 1080i on Sky’s satellite platform. Previous Sky CEO John Fellet long argued the […]

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More HD Christmas Cheer

   Freeview UHF viewers can watch Prime TV in HD. The upgrade happened overnight and coincides with Prime’s owner, Sky, today relaunching BBC UKTV and BBC Earth in HD. The BBC channels are quasi HD (1440 x 1080i) but Prime offers 1920 x 1080i resolution (the not-so-good news is audio appears to be stereo only). […]

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Prime to Go HD on Freeview

Sky has confirmed Prime will start broadcasting in HD on the Freeview platform as soon as next month. Full details are expected to be released next week but the confirmation is good news for viewers who don’t subscribe to Sky’s satellite service or Vodafone TV, hitherto the only platforms on which you could view Prime […]

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New to TVNZ OnDemand in May

TVNZ OnDemand will premiere the latest attempt to adapt Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 to the screen on May 18. Mike Nichols’ 1970 movie was a flop and Richard Dreyfus failed to spawn a series from a 1973 pilot commissioned off the back of M*A*S*H’s success. The six-hour series, which George Clooney produced, directed and stars in, […]

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Kiwis Streaming in Record Numbers

Streaming services have skyrocketed demand for broadband in NZ, with the latest Chorus figures revealing a 35% data hike year-on-year. Last month the average New Zealand home used about 234GB of broadband data, or the equivalent of streaming nearly 80 hours of Netflix, compared with 172GB in November 2017. “Most homes across the country now […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Where Are the Audiences?

Funding agency NZ On Air reports online media closing the gap but traditional broadcast still dominant with most Kiwis. Here’s the press release and a link to the full report: The way New Zealanders consume media continues to change, although the pace of change is slowing, and traditional broadcast media still leads the pack, just. […]

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