Disadvantaged viewers to receive free set-top boxes

Free digital TV set-top boxes may be on the way for up to 60,000 disadvantaged viewers when New Zealand ends analogue transmissions in the next two years.

Greg Harford, manager of Going Digital, the division within the Culture and Heritage Ministry who is in charge of prepping the public for the switchover, has yet to disclose which companies are in the running to assist in the scheme.

Sky TV spokesperson Kirsty Way has ruled out Sky and Igloo as contenders, saying they were interested but were turned down and not invited to a closed tender.

“We won’t be involved unless there is a huge turnaround somewhere, which we are not expecting,” Way said.

Newly appointed Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss will be briefed regarding the scheme in the new year.

Source: Stuff

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