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Freeview for Kiwis

June 19th, 2006 · No Comments

New Zealand will introduce a country-wide free-to-air digital TV service in 2007 using the UK’s brand.
In order to cover the country, NZ Freeview will be delivered via a combination of terrestrial digital and satellite. The system will deliver 18 standard definition channels.
A combination of both satellite and terrestrial is required to allow those in rural areas to receive the new channels. It’s expected that 75 percent of the country could be covered by terrestrial broadcasting within 18 months. The government wants to shut down analogue transmissions in six to ten years. The news is expected to give a boost to the local consumer electronics industry, which to date has only had limited success in converting viewers to widescreen TV.

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