Triangle Stratos

At 12:30 we welcomed Triangle TV into the world of digital TV with their official launch on freeview. This was great news as they become the first regional broadcaster to go digital free to air. This is great news for both Triangle, and freeview.

Probably only an hour or so later the channel suddenly appeared on Ch 89 on Sky STBs, along with Parliament TV on Ch 94. No electronic program guide information yet, but the channels are visible.

Now I’m wondering what the official reaction is going to be from freeview and Kordia? All the work put in by Kordia to assist Stratos, only for it to appear on Sky? If they don’t put up much of a fight I’m sure we will see TVNZ-6 on Sky’s STBs in no time.

There is of course the chance I’m taking the wrong angle on this, and it had all been arranged with Sky TV from the start, but somehow I doubt it.

Newly launched channel Stratos and soon-to-be launched Parliament TV are now available via not only Freeview boxes, but Sky digital as well!

Tune into Stratos on Sky Channel 89 and Parliament TV on Sky Channel 94.

Thanks to openmedia for letting us know!

International news and current affairs

Aljazeera News Hour

News and current affairs from the world’s first ever English language current affairs and news channel to be headquartered in the Middle East

DW Journal from Berlin

Broadcast from Berlin, this prestigious news services features international news in English

French News

A round up of domestic news from France – subtitled in English

Newshour with Jim Lehrer

Highly-respected US news anchor, Jim Lehrer, brings extensive international news and current affairs coverage with in-depth interviews with today’s movers and shakers

National news and current affairs

In Conversation with Noel Cheer

A lively in-depth conversation with a weekly guest – hosted by Wellington personality Noel Cheer

Scrutiny

A 15-minute interview with a guest who is involved in matters of importance to Aucklanders – hosted by well-known editor and journalist, Edward Rooney

Regional television programmes

InDepth

Waikato regional news and current events

Farming Today

A look at New Zealand horticulture and farming focusing on the Waikato

TVHB Chatroom

This locally-made programme features a chat with interesting people in the Hawke’s Bay

All About Us / Gametime / Short movies / Community news

Four shows from Gisborne on local life, sport, movies and events

FTN News

Events in Rodney and the North Harbour region, including North Shore City

School TV

Produced by students and staff at Pt England School in Auckland and highlights school trips, computer animation made by pupils and other happenings at the school

Southern Newsweek

A 30 minute round-up of the week’s news from the Dunedin and Christchurch region

Dunedin Diary with Dougal Stevenson

A feature on arts and culture in Dunedin.

Cultural/ethnic

TV Samoa

Hour-long panel talkshow – guests, documentaries, sports news & entertainment, in Samoan

Indianz TV

A magazine show with news and lifestyle features from Fiji, in Hindi

Mirchee Indian Television

A round-up of lifestyle, news, current affairs and chat from India

T News

Tongan news magazine programme produced in Auckland, broadcast in Tongan

Pasefika Nius

A Samoan cultural and religious show

Comedy

Planet Nerd

A humorous perspective of the inner geek in all of us

Blokesworld

An out-there ‘real blokes’ comedy from Australia

The Brownies

Irrepressible Samoan fun, comedy and mayhem

Movies

Classic movies

Great movies from the past screened on Friday, Saturday and Sundays at 11pm

Sproquets Gay & Lesbian Television Festival

Triangle Television’s popular gay and lesbian film and documentary festival begins an eight-week season starting October 7

Music/entertainment

Te Vaka

Two live concerts – each at different venues – by the internationally-respected Pacific Island group, Te Vaka. Both are being broadcast on Triangle Stratos’s first day on air (October 3): 12.30pm and 8.30pm

Lifestyle shows

Cruizin TV

Classic car show from Australia

Galleria

Lifestyle show with Alice Worsley featuring guests and products and services to enhance your interior decor, entertaining and lifestyle options

Euromaxx

European lifestyle show

Lively regional television and compelling international programmes available right across the country – that’s what new national broadcaster Triangle Stratos will offer New Zealand when it goes to air tomorrow (October 3). The new station, which will broadcast on the Freeview platform, is taking regional television to the entire country for the first time ever.

The channel will be officially ‘switched on’ by the Minister of Broadcasting, Steve Maharey, tomorrow at 12.30pm (Wednesday October 3) during a special ceremony at Triangle Television’s station in Grey Lynn, Auckland. The Minister and Triangle staff will be joined by broadcast industry leaders and long-time Triangle Television supporters to celebrate the occasion.

Triangle Stratos is poised to bring New Zealanders a unique mix of local and global programming from a number of sources: programmes that have been provided by other regional stations around New Zealand; programmes provided by many of New Zealand’s ethnic and minority groups; and international news services and current affairs shows from prestigious global broadcasters including Germany’s DW-TV, Voice of America and Al Jazeera.

Though many of the programmes are in English, some will be in languages other than English, offering new immigrants and people learning a new language the opportunity to listen to international news from other countries in the local language.

Triangle Television already operates two successful regional channels: Triangle Television Auckland, which has been broadcasting for nine years, and Triangle Television Wellington, which launched almost a year ago.

The two stations, which are the only non-commercial terrestrial television stations operating in their areas, will continue with their unique local schedules. Triangle Stratos will have its own programme schedule to meet the needs of a national audience.

Jim Blackman, Chief Executive Officer of the three stations, says: “Underlying the launch of Triangle Stratos is our belief in the importance of subscription-free, regional broadcasting. Triangle is all about diversity – by providing a national platform for regional programmes, we really can reflect the diversity of New Zealand life.

“We are experiencing tremendous support from regional television stations and are especially thrilled to give programme providers from all over New Zealand the chance to screen their programmes nationally.”

Triangle Stratos will be transmitted via the networks of broadcast and telecommunications provider Kordia™. Freeview currently comprises free-to-air broadcasters Television New Zealand (TV One, TV2, TVNZ6 and TVNZ Sport Extra), MediaWorks (TV3 and C4), Maori TV and Radio New Zealand – and now Triangle Stratos.

A preview of Triangle Stratos is now airing on channel 21 of Freeview. If you can’t get to channel 21, do a full channel search to program it to your box.
The channel launches October 3rd, at 12.30pm.

Triangle Television is set to make broadcasting history with the advent of Triangle Stratos, which, for the first time ever, will make regional television available to the entire country. The new channel will broadcast on the Freeview platform.

Triangle Television currently operates two successful regional channels – Triangle Television Auckland, which has been broadcasting for nine years, and Triangle Television Wellington, which launched almost a year ago. Both are the only non-commercial terrestrial television stations operating in their areas.

Jim Blackman says: “New Zealand is more than ready for a national, subscription-free channel that provides alternatives to mainstream viewing. Even before Freeview began broadcasting, it was clear to us that there was a significant demand from around the country for Triangle Television’s style of programming. Now, through Triangle Stratos, that need can be answered.”

Triangle Stratos will be an exceptional mix of local and global programming with a huge variety of viewing options, and will offer a wide variety of programmes from a number of sources: programmes provided by other regional stations around New Zealand; programmes provided by ethnic and minority groups around the country; and international news services and current affairs shows from prestigious global broadcasters including Germany’s DW-TV, Voice of America and Al Jazeera. To add to the mix, not all programming will be in English.

“There will be the opportunity for new immigrants and those learning a new language to hear international news from other countries in their local language,” says Mr Blackman.

Triangle Television Auckland and Triangle Television Wellington will continue with their unique local schedules and Triangle Stratos will have its own programme schedule to meet the needs of a more national audience.

All Freeview viewers with a satellite set top box will have access to Triangle Stratos which will be transmitted via the transmission networks of broadcast and telecommunications provider Kordia™. Freeview currently comprises free-to-air broadcasters Television New Zealand (TV One, TV2 and TVNZ Sport Extra), MediaWorks (TV3 and C4), Maori TV and Radio New Zealand.

Freeview General Manager Steve Browning says: “We’re delighted to have Triangle Stratos available exclusively on the Freeview satellite platform as it opens up a rich tapestry of local and international programming options that have not previously been available to viewers around the country.”

“We are using our nationwide assets to help get the smaller channels onto the Freeview platform. The nationwide Freeview platform, powered by Kordia™, allows Triangle Stratos to aggregate regional content and redistribute nationwide, which means a richer viewing experience for everyone,” says Kordia™ CEO Geoff Hunt.