Alt TV

So what is the news about Alt TV no longer being on Sky digital Ch 65? Noticed that their internet stream has also gone off line. Do the new owners have grand plans, or is this the end of our alternative music channel?

ALT TV is delighted to welcome Air New Zealand on board as sponsor of their week of NZ music to celebrate NZ Music Month. Following a decision to play only kiwi music at airport gates, onboard aircraft and having live bands performing over summer , Air New Zealand furthers their commitment to local artists through this exciting new partnership.

The week of 24-hour music will commence with Alt TV’s flagship music show

Alt-ear-oa hosted by CHARLIE ASH’s foxlet Mailee Matthew’s, lining up alongside Alt’s 20 other specialist music shows.

Kicking off today this programme coincides with the launch of ALT TV’s live stream. An exciting day for the history of NZ television ALT TV will be the first local television station to break free of the limitations of traditional broadcasting and stream all its content live and free on the web to audiences here and abroad.

Internet Service Provider Orcon has come to the party and guaranteed hosting high-quality images and killer sound, while APRA & PPNZ have chipped in with licenses for Alt to showcase the best in New Zealand music on screen.

The groundbreaking webcast can be accessed at www.alttv.co.nz

It was good to see, even though it was somewhat surprising, an R18 movie on Alt TV at 8pm on a Sunday night. I had to check the BSA pay TV guidelines on this issue, and yes, R18 material is allowed in that timeslot.

The film was Edmond, a rather obscure (well, I hadn’t heard of it before) piece.

Don’t read on if you want to avoid spoilers.

It tracks life path chosen by a nondescript salary man, who suddenly wakes up to the realisation his life with his wife is too mundane and boring (sexually and spiritually) and decides to try something different. So he goes out in the big city to try and enjoy some of the deadly sins, such as wrath and lust (disguised here as racism and sexism). Some might describe it as a descent into anomie or hell as he gets frustrated, conned and robbed at every turn and he finally lashes out and kills the woman he didn’t have to cajole, pay or force to have sex with him – even though the only penetration that takes place is with a knife.

The film is not exactly a great advert for heterosexuality, but many a viewer may squirm at the film’s conclusion that longterm happiness, contentment and personal peace can finally and only be found in the arms of your black cell mate.

From May 1, a day of revolution, ALT TV will be the first New Zealand television station to break free of the limitations traditional broadcasting and stream all its content live and free on the web to audiences here and abroad.

Internet Service Provider Orcon has come to the party and guaranteed hosting high-quality images and killer sound, while APRA & RIANZ have chipped in with licenses for Alt to showcase the best in New Zealand music on screen.

“This is a first for New Zealand television,” says Alt Creative Director Oliver Driver. “For the first time viewers of a television channel will not be chained to bunny ears or set-top boxes and by using a simple internet connection will be able to bypass the big old sets entirely.”

The groundbreaking webcast from www.alttv.co.nz will be launched with one week of wall-to-wall local music coverage to mark the start of New Zealand Music Month. This special will feature exclusive life performance footage and interview with the indie darlings the Phoenix Foundation, Hollie Smith, New Zealand’s clean answer to Amy Winehouse, Europe-bound hipster Lawrence Arabia and the bearded Liam Finn.

Alt’s archives of NZ Music been bolstered by the kindness of the Flying Nun, the demise of the Max TV storeroom and the stations staff and hosts’ excellent existing contacts in the Kiwi independent music scene delivering the old, the new, the inescapable and the unsigned.

The week of 24-hour music will commence with Alt TV’s flagship music show
Alt-ear-oa hosted by CHARLIE ASH’s foxlet Mailee Matthew’s, lining up alongside Alt’s 20 other specialist music shows – covering every genre from pasty white-boy Emo-Rock to homegrown brown Waiata.

Highlights online from Alt TV also include regular programming, such as:

Let’s Be Frank – Oliver Driver interviews notables in New Zealand’s only long-form television interview show. Previous guests have included John Key, Henry Rollins and Helen Clark. Tuesdays, 8:30pm (Rebroadcast Sundays, 10pm).

Sunday Newspaper Brunch Club – Media infant terrible Bomber Bradbury and a rotating panel of guests, including Bill Ralston and Willie Jackson, dissect the weekend newspapers over coffee at Verona Café. Sundays, 11am.

ALT LIVE – ‘The Chris’ interviews the latest touring bands and acts live on K’Rd at 5.30pm

Naked News Flash – commencing Monday May 12 at 10pm this new show exposes the news of the day in a bulletin that is stripped bare.

The Commerce Commission is investigating complaints that Alt TV viewers have been ripped off in a text message competition.

The commission confirmed yesterday it had “opened a dialogue” with the niche broadcaster after a series of complaints over text message charges.

The Weekend Herald understands the latest problem stems from competitions where viewers sent text messages and were charged 99c, but were not told they were being charged.

Source: NZ Herald. Read more »

Alt TV is asking its viewers to help pay a $5000 fine the Broadcasting Standards Authority imposed on it for screening explicit text messages.

The music channel yesterday complied with the authority’s request to display a statement for five hours instead of its normal programming.

But the station ran the statement all day and made its own comment, which it screened before noon and after 5pm.

In its statement it urged viewers to make a $20 donation by calling a specified phone number.

“A fine like this is crippling for a little station. If you would like to help us, please make a $20 donation,” it said.

“However, we believe that the BSA’s decision to take us off air for five hours as well as fining us $5000 is severe.”

Source: NZ Herald. Read more »

The Broadcasting Standards Authority has ordered ALT TV off air between 12:00pm and 5:00pm on the 22nd of October and must instead display a statement which summarises the Authority’s decision and apologises to viewers after a ruling on Groove in the Park which aired on February 6th, 2007.

The BSA ruled that ALT TV’s music event Groove in the Park breached standards of good taste and decency and children’s interests and encouraged denigration and discrimination on the basis of race.

Latest ABG Nielsen research shows that Alt TV retains 90% of the cool music television market in New Zealand. The remaining 10% is divided between Juice, MTV and J2.

In fact, Alt TV’s audience reach with 15-34 year olds is +165% above other cool or slightly cool music channels combined*!!!

*When asked, our Mum’s all agreed that we were cool.

I was flicking through the channels the other day and came across Alt TV. They were playing Pictionary on a white board to guess band names. The one I saw was “Sex pistols”. I’ll leave it to you to imagine the pictures they were drawing.. I’ve never seen anything like it on TV!!! LOL!!!

It was so budget it was actually entertaining. Reminded me of MAX TV back in the day.

To truly celebrate NZ music month, Alt TV will broadcast the most extreme New Zealand music video ever made at 1.30am, Saturday 26 May.

“Celebrating NZ music month isn’t just about playing the same mainstream NZ songs over and over and over again”, says Bomber, Alt TV’s Programme Director, “Alt TV celebrates the fringe boundaries by finding the creative edges and leaping off – it’s about pashing the envelope, not just pushing it!”

Directed and produced by Lord of the Rings prosthetics make-up artist, Andrew Beattie, the music video promises to be a jaw-dropping television spectacle like none other ever witnessed in New Zealand’s broadcasting history.

“Alt TV pays more than just lip service to NZ music in NZ music month”, says Alt TV Managing Director, Thane Kirby, “to back these words with action, Alt is going to play the video uncensored.”

Due to the extremely violent and sexual nature of the video clip, it will be broadcast on Alt TV’s Alt After Dark show at 1.30am, Saturday 26 May. Adults of adults only please.

The most extreme NZ music video ever made on Alt after Dark: Alt TV, SKY Digital 65, 1.30am, 26 May – NZ Music Month.