TV3+1

Mediaworks latest channel on Freeview went live at midday today with TV3+1.  The channel is the first of its kind in New Zealand and is based on from the highly successful format provided by UK networks such as ITV and Channel 4 and offers the same programming as TV3 but delayed by one hour.

Rick Friesen, Director of Special Projects for MediaWorks TV said, “The channel is an exciting addition to the Freeview platform’s line-up and will give consumers another reason to move to digital television. So many viewers have told us they just can’t make it to their television set for the 6pm news. Well now, they can tune in at 7pm and get all the news at an alternate time.”

TV3 +1 can be found on Channel 8 on Freeview

Freeview Channel 8 from midday on Monday, 30 March, 2009

 

MediaWorks TV will launch its TV3 Plus 1 channel on Freeview from midday on Monday, March 30. The format showcases TV3’s entire schedule on a one-hour delayed basis. 

The channel will give viewers an option as to when they do their television viewing. It will give audiences an extra opportunity to view some of the most popular shows on the network such as 3 NEWS, Campbell Live, New Zealand’s Next Top Model and Underbelly: The Mr Asia Story.

Plus 1 channels launched in the international markets have proved to be very successful, achieving very strong ratings results, particularly in the United Kingdom.

Rick Friesen, Director of Special Projects for MediaWorks TV says, “The channel is an exciting addition to the Freeview platform’s line-up and will give consumers another reason to move to digital television. So many viewers have told us they just can’t make it to their television set for the 6pm news. Well now, they can tune in at 7pm and get all the news at an alternate time.”

Steve Browning, General Manager of Freeview comments, “Plus 1 channels are very popular in advanced digital TV markets and Freeview is the first digital TV and radio platform in NZ to provide Kiwi’s with such a service.  We are sure that Freeview owners will enjoy the added flexibility that two timeslots for each of TV3’s primetime shows provides.”

TV3 Plus 1 will be available on Freeview Channel 8 from midday on Monday, 30 March, 2009.

 

MediaWorks TV will launch its TV3 Plus 1 channel on Freeview from midday on Monday, March 30. The format showcases TV3’s entire schedule on a one-hour delayed basis.

The channel will give viewers an option as to when they do their television viewing. It will give audiences an extra opportunity to view some of the most popular shows on the network such as 3 NEWS, Campbell Live, New Zealand’s Next Top Model and Underbelly: The Mr Asia Story.

Plus 1 channels launched in the international markets have proved to be very successful, achieving very strong ratings results, particularly in the United Kingdom.

Rick Friesen, Director of Special Projects for MediaWorks TV says, “The channel is an exciting addition to the Freeview platform’s line-up and will give consumers another reason to move to digital television. So many viewers have told us they just can’t make it to their television set for the 6pm news. Well now, they can tune in at 7pm and get all the news at an alternate time.”

Steve Browning, General Manager of Freeview comments, “Plus 1 channels are very popular in advanced digital TV markets and Freeview is the first digital TV and radio platform in NZ to provide Kiwi’s with such a service. We are sure that Freeview owners will enjoy the added flexibility that two timeslots for each of TV3’s primetime shows provides.”

TV3 Plus 1 will be available on Freeview Channel 8 from midday on Monday, 30 March, 2009.

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TV3 Plus One logo

Here is the new branding for TV3’s new plus one channel which launches on Freeview on March 30, 2009.

TV3+1

With less than four weeks until Christmas, Kiwis around the country are set to benefit from the availability of the first MyFreeview|HDTM approved Digital Television Recorder.

“We’re delighted to confirm that the first approved Digital Television Recorder (or DTR) that works with the MyFreeview|HDTM service will be available in leading appliance retailers from the 11th December,” says Steve Browning, General Manager, Freeview.

The MyFreeview|HDTM DTR uses the Freeview eight-day electronic programme guide to select programmes or series to record. This first Freeview approved DTR from Zinwell contains two tuners which means you can simultaneously record from two channels while watching another programme from the hard-drive. It has capacity for up to 80 hours of High Definition (HD) or 240 hours of standard definition (SD) programmes.

MyFreeview|HDTM is the only digital television service with TVONE, TV2, and TV3 programmes available to record in HD with no subscription fees. It also enables the viewer to pause live TV, automatically book alternate recording times if you already have two bookings set, and even provides recommendations for other programmes you may also like to record.

Freeview also continues to deliver on the promise of more free TV and radio channels with the arrival of Base FM on Freeview|HDTM and Freeview Satellite channel 71 and the announcement of TV3+1 from MediaWorks (owners of TV3 and C4) on channel 8 from next March.

Consisting of a high-profile collective of DJs, Base FM has swiftly cemented a reputation for providing its listeners with a fresh and compelling contemporary music offering.

“We’re almost five years old now and our line-up consists of some of the best artists and producers in NZ music today, we broadcast 24 hours per day, seven days per week and according to Research International have one of the highest time-spend-listening rates in the market. Our availability on Freeview will only serve to strengthen our appeal by improving the Base FM reach, quality and proposition,” says Jasmin Ziedan, Station Manager, Base FM.

TV3+1 allows viewers to watch their favourite TV3 programmes one hour later, thereby avoiding those primetime schedule clashes.

“In the UK, tuning to the +1 channel averages 38% of the tuning to the main channel on the same platform and we would expect no difference in New Zealand,” comments Rick Friesen, MediaWorks Director of Special Projects.

“In overseas markets where similar services have been launched the viewer response has been very favourable, so we’re excited about what this will mean for the continued growth and popularity of the Freeview platform,” adds Steve Browning, General Manager, Freeview.