Freeview launches!

From Wednesday, 2 May 2007, New Zealanders will be able to watch their favourite programmes in crystal clear, high resolution, digital quality for free.

The “switch-on” event this afternoon is to be held at the Auckland Museum for invited guests, members of the broadcasting industry, and the media. It will start the transition from analogue to digital and is arguably the most significant event in New Zealand broadcasting since the launch of colour television in 1974.

In addition to the Freeview “switch-on” there will be presentations from the Minister of Broadcasting (Steve Maharey) and Freeview management, as well as a display of broadcasting technology from the last 40-years. A press conference will be held at the conclusion of the event with Freeview, broadcasters’, and the Minister available for interviews and comment.

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  • Tui

    Cool! I look forward to that week for slightly different reasons 😉

  • DevilDodo

    “High resolution”? Lies. How can it be any higher than it is now without switching to HD?

  • campgrrls

    hmmm.. maybe it means I’ll get higher resolution for various channels that i get a grainy reception for now, even with a UHF outdoor aerial: eg Maori, Prime, … oh, Prime isn’t part of it.

  • DanielM

    Oh, where I live we get crappy reception of all channels – One and Two the worst and 3 has annoying pops and crackles. I knew of the FreeView test up, and so set up an old computer, put in a satellite card ($150 off TradeMe) and I have better images and sound than on a normal aerial around here.

    And yeah, Sky is being annoying. They’re going to consider putting Prime on FreeView a year after it’s launch. That’s pretty pathetic – for one, Prime was supposed to be Sky’s FTA platform. Secondly, FreeView is pretty much here to stay, it’d be strange having to pay for a FTA channel, that’s for sure.

  • Charter Obligation

    I hope Throng management is invited to the ‘switch on’ event! You deserve to be.

  • tvnewser

    The worst channel for reception in our house is TV One, it is really grainy and fuzzy all the time. TV2, TV3, C4, PRIME, and Maori TV are all usually crystal clear.

  • Adrian

    I got my set top box from Freeviewshop and thay have them from $169.95 upwards, also you can get a dish for $65, so it really isn’t that expensive. Don’t take my word for it have a look at their website

  • Adrian

    Sorry it was $69 not $65

  • Adrian

    Freeview is higher resolution than analog because they have more pixels per line 720 isn’t it?