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From the NZ Herald (< click for article):

”Freeview general manager Sam Irvine said a MediaWorks digital channel would start in June but there was no new channel coming from TVNZ.”

Can anyone verify that Mediaworks is launching a new channel this coming June, any details? I sure hope it’s nothing like TV3Plus1. It’s also in the time of TVNZ Heartland’s launch on SKY.

However, I do know for sure a new broadcaster, ChineseNZTV33 is launching TV33 on Freeview HD channel 033 this May 1st, 2010. Glad to see the Freeview list of channels growing!


TV33 – (^ Logo sourced from

As of yet there hasnt been much publicity over a new freeview, digital only free-to-air Chinese channel launching in a couple of months.

TV33 (or Chinese New Zealand Television 33 [also broadcaster name]) is about to launch within New Zealand screens on Freeview channel 33, this May 2010!

TV33 operates differently from ChineseTV8 and is anticipated to showcase chinese programmes mostly produced here and overseas, with a range of movies, serial dramas, news, current affairs and mcuh much more. This puts mounting pressure on ChineseTV8s’ (owned by World TV) continous live feed programmes distributed from China, mainly in Mandarin.

Unlike ChineseTV8 (Owned and operated by World TV Limited) whose daily schedule never changes and is continous live feed programmes distributed from China, mainly in Mandarin, TV33 will broadcast a variety of local and international lifestlye, serial dramas, renowned movies and many other more programmes that would cater for the left-out Cantonese and non-speaking Chinese-learning population as well as other dialects. However their focus is mainly local programming and getting the non-Chinese speaking population to learn (that would be great!!).

It puts mounting pressure on World TV as it may have to change ChineseTV8s’ schedule. TV33 will also compete to offer entertaining programmes with ChineseTV8 to cater and giving more choices for the many 200,000+ Chinese citizens in New Zealand. Remeber TV33 and ChineseTV8 are rivals (like TVNZ and Mediaworks). It is likely that TV33 will be ‘dual audio’ capable for the Mandarin and Cantonese dialects and broadcast initially in SD.

TV33 (in Auckland) are also preparing their launch by creating new vacancy positions to those who speak Chinese, skills that they are looking for are: Accounting/Marketing, Website design, Administration, Studio Presenters, Journalists and all sorts. Here is a brief intro by the Human Rights Commission.

> This puts the number of national chinese channels to 2 (on free-to-air platforms);

TV33 (Chinese New Zealand Television 33) will launch on Freeview HD channel 033 [Launching in May 2010], while ChineseTV8 (World TV Limited) remains on Freeview HD channel 028/Auckland UHF Channel 062

To comemerate the Chinese New Year Of the Tiger 2010 (or Lunar New Year) World TV Limited (owners of ChineseTV8, on Freeview HD and other Chinese and Asian TV and radio channels, on Sky Digital) are launching their annual new years festival and celebrations at the Manukau TelestraClear Pacific Events Centre in South Auckland, this Saturday 13th Feburary 2010 from 3pm.

The celebrations begin with the traditional Chinese Lion and Dragon dance. The celebrations include a mini carnival and hundreds of Asian food stalls outside the events centre. The event is anticipated to bring into the tens of thousands of people, mainly from Asian and Pacific ethnic backgrounds (In 2009, World TV attracted over 40,000 people). Finally, the festival will conclude with spectacular fireworks and customised pyrotechnical displays (around 10:30-ish pm) and can be seen as far as parts of Ramarama and Pakuranga. The full events schedule may be available. The festival is being sponsored by the Manukau City Council, ASB and many others. So come along and enjoy the festivities.

Now on the tv side of things, World TV are televising this event throughout the day and broadcasting (delayed) onto their 10 digital channels both on Freeview HD and Sky Digital (limited to subscription). It is expected that the broadcast will be 1 to 2 weeks ahead of the event. Unfortunately, the Mandarin speaking hosts can cause a barrier.

ChineseTV8, remains free-to-air on digital Freeview HD channel 28 (Limited to main centres).

Happy 2nd Birthday Chinese TV8!!

ChineseTV8 (or CTV8) turns 2 this August 13th, 2009, it is New Zealand’s first digital chinese oriented channel owned and operated by the country’s gaint Asian multimedia channels broadcaster: World TV (World Television Limited). The surreptious multimedia corporate owns over 13 digital television an 2 radio stations exclusively on Sky Digital Channels 301 to 312. However, it has been about 2 years since the launch of its only regional chinese channel, CTV8 (on Auckland’s UHF) and 1 year since the launch of its debut on digital free-to-air, Freeview HD. The birthday of CTV8 have so far demonstrated it’s analogue-regional to digital-national transition as well as other first time achievements in New Zealand media landscape.


Chinese TV 8 generally caters for fluent chinese speakers and chinese-breed people – which broadcasts mainly in Mandarin audio (in 576i). Because of its niche market the live nature of the channel functions along the same mechanics as triangle STRATOS and Triangle Television, where World TV (company who owns CTV8) cuts into live broadcast links from Chinese broadcasters such as China Central TeleVision (CCTV), MacTV (Taiwan), Phoenix InfoNews (Hong Kong) and many other more. The programming featured on the channel includes Films, Mainland dramas, Factual bulletins, Live News, Documentaries, Performing and Visual showcases, Entertainment, social gossip, theological lectures and animation cartoons and other generic programmes – mainly of which a live programme simulcasting the ‘AM936 News Talk for Today’ broadcasted weekdaily at 3pm on CTV8. But All in all a broad mix variety of captivating programming.

Chinese TV8s’ simulcasted radio bulletins can also be found on TVNZ ONDEMAND (just go to: and click ‘WATCH EPISODES’) [GOOD ON YA TVNZ!!!]

Chinese TV8 broadcasts only on the Auckland Analogue network (UHF Ch62) and Freeview HD (Channel 28) in standard definition. The TVNZ.CO.NZ TV Listings and Freeview HD EPG displays the 8-day live CTV8 schedule in English. If you find any quiries contact the World TV managers. More information about CTV8 can be found on:  and through its official website:

 > So what do you think about ChineseTV8?     How do you find the programming?    ChineseTV8 does have its own original ident segment, can anybody record and upload it on the net? (Please do not submit any defamatory comments, thanks!).

Due to the shuffling of TVNZ 6 programs; TVNZ Family has been extended from 6pm to 12am preceeded by TVNZ Kidzone (From 6am to 6pm). Along with the various changes, On Family 8pm: Shortland Street will be repeated striaght from the very beginning. Thats right TVNZ 6 is playing the entire Shortland Street episodes straight from the beginning. Personally, I think that TVNZ should change the services back to the normal schedule (Its weird having ‘Meet the Locals’ at 23:55!), however these changes will take place in effect from the ending of June 2009.

Has any heard that TVNZ is changing the structure and programing of TVNZ 6’s kidzone, family and showcase services? Ive heard something about Showcase will be available on weekends and kidzone will run from 6am to 6pm and Family; from 6pm to midnight on weekdays. (Correct me if Im wrong). Also ‘Talk Talk’, a former TVNZ 6 show on showcase, has moved to TVNZ 7’s NZ Views slots. These changes will be put into effect at the end of June 2009 (Just before the SKY launch).

And will TVNZ Sport Extra cease to exist? Well it has been confirmed that the occasional sports channel will remain on freeview hd (terrestrial) until the wimbeldon tennis tournaments at july, this year.

About Two new digital channels are soon to be available on Freeview. Although Freeview NZ has said that these channels are in the planning stages, only little information and detail have been given. (Possibly PRIME might be one of the channels about to launch on Freeview, along with the launch of TVNZ 6 and 7 on SKY).

When is Stratos going to be avaiable on Freeview hd?

…And whats up with the US spelling, TVNZ!??

Chinese Television 8 (CTV8) joins the Freeview Team

Yes, CTV8s going to be New Zealands first Free to air, national Chinese programming channel.

After several months of negotiation and extensive planning it is clear that the channel will launch at 2009.

World Television Limited, owner of New Zealands Asian programming channels has just announced that CTV8 (Chinese Television 8 -currently broadcasted in Auckland’s UHF 62) will join the Freeview channels group.

Along with Te Reo, STRATOS, Maori Television and CUE. CTV8 will offer Chinese Programming to over 6% of current Freeview subscribers in New Zealand which brings in New Zealands first Free to air 24/7 Asian and Chinese Channel in Digital quality all for FREE.

The Programming in CTV8 consist of mainly programming from China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Only available in Chinese:Mandarin audio and possibly in English audio or subtitles. It is not too sure about the issues concerning the EPG and Online Program Guide.

The Official Launch Date is not exactly clear and final, but the launch will exactly launch in 2009.

Though it is not clear whether CTV8 will either broadcast on Terresterial or Satellite transmissions. For more information regarding CTV8 please contact World TV on 09 5712288 then press 4 for English Assistance.

Media Misinterpretation of the Asian Mass March held in East Auckland by over 15,000 protesters. A more detailed and comprehensive story outline will be published later on the week in the Sunday Star Times. So Keep your eye out 😉

TV3’s 3NEWS have once again misinterpreted the Asian communities mass march held at East Auckland just like the Formaldehyde Issue! And there are growing concerns over a formal complaint which is currently being processed.

Viewers from many different ethnic backgrounds many from which are Asian, had viewed Mondays 3 NEWS program covering the Asian protest march held in Botany Downs, East Auckland and are concerned and angry on how 3 NEWS have interpreted the News story as being in a ”Negative”, ”Misleading” and ”inaccurate”.

There are growing concerns throughout the Asian and abundantly the Chinese community over publishing a formal complaint against TVWORKS NEWs Department at TV3 by World Television Limited.

There are still ongoing concerns by local chinese viewers on CTV8’s AM936 RadioFeed program called ”News Today” (Live from 3pm Weekdays only on CTV8)

This also follows on the lead of the Formaldehyde issue against Chinese Manufactaurs and Employees working in China, which was also inaccurately, misleading and negatively expressed on national television by Target on TV3, which now they are now forced to pay $4000 of compensation and a aired apology. (Read more through ‘tv-fan’s blogs)


A more detailed and comprehensive story outline will be published later on the week in the Sunday Star Times. So Keep your eye out 😉


TV >> Auckland Viewers are able to access CTV8 (Chinese Television 8 ) via UHF 62 Free to Air only on the Analogue service to watch the Radio Feeds and New Zealand News at 7:30am (I Love New Zealand) and 3pm (News today), both broadcasted on weekdays LIVE. There is a possibility that programming and audio may be available in English through Pakeha speakers, but a majority is in Chinese: Mandarin. The Presenters can also speak in English and you may wish to call them during the show on: 09 571 2288 (World TV).
RADIO >> It is also available in the AM frequency in Auckland Radio. AM936
NEWSPAPERS >> Local Chinese Newspapers (Chinese Herald, Mandarin Times) and Sunday Star Times.

Is it True??

Ive heard some rumours recently that TV ONe and TV2 are no longer residing in the SKY Digital platform, well that is until the SKY-TVNZ contract ends at 2011.

That means that All of TVNZ’s 5 channels will screen only on the Freeview digital platform (TV One, TV2, TVNZ 6, TVNZ 7 and TVNZ Sport Extra), then SKY will be left without one of the cool-entertainment channels like, TV2. Then what will happen to the SKY Channels 1 and 2 slots???

And it goes onto the TVNZ 6 and 7 debate. SKY and TVNZ are still fighting about whether TVNZ should broadcast their channels: TVNZ 6 and 7 onto SKY. In Vice-versa, (I Think) SKY is doing the same technique, that is to decide whether to put PRIME onto Freeview. But, why was it screened onto Free to air analogue at the first place and also on the Pay-TV satellite service??

> Is it ture that, TV ONe and 2 will no longer be available on SKY by 2011??
> What will happen to the 1 and 2 slots on SKY?
> Is it likely that PRIME will be on Freeview and why is it on both pay-tv and analogue while calling itself a ‘Free to air channel’?


Unknown Channel found!!!!

Hey, I currently have the Analogue Television platform in the East Auckland region. I found this weird channel on the UHF Band and it seems to show lots and lots of writing and flueversent colours (normally its very fuzzy, so tats why I cant see properly). What is this channel, Do u guys have it…any ideas ppl???