TV3 will be the first broadcaster in New Zealand to launch HD 5.1 surround sound, with the new service being available to viewers from this Sunday, June 22, during the screening of the top-rating drama series NCIS.
The service will give viewers who have installed Freeview|HDTM an enriched, theatre quality sound reproduction.
Shows featuring the new surround sound will include NCIS, Bones, Dexter and CSI:NY, with CSI: Miami and Medium to be available soon.
Programmes with surround sound will be identified on the TV3 website, www.tv3.co.nz and Freeview|HDTM Electronic Programme Guide by a 5.1 surround sound indicator.
John Allen, TV3’s Director of Technology says the introduction of 5.1 surround sound on TV3′s Freeview|HDTM service completes the company’s implementation of the first HDTV service in New Zealand.
“It will add considerably to the entertainment experience of a growing number of viewers who have installed home theatre systems,” he comments. “TV3 can now provide HD viewers with the most advanced viewing and sound package in the country.”