New Zealand - Freeview On A Roll after Successful 2007Thursday, January 24th, 2008
Freeview take-up figures continue to climb steadily upwards, a mere eight months since the launch of free-to-air digital television and radio in New Zealand. Figures to the end of December show the total number of households reached is an estimated 78,700 or 5% of all homes.
Steve Browning, General Manger, Freeview, says the continuation of strong growth for the Freeview satellite services is a result of the increasing demand for the quality viewing experience offered by Freeview. December proved to be a strong month for Freeview retailers, suggesting a Freeview receiver was a popular gift around the country.
“Nearly 200,000 New Zealanders have tuned into free digital television and will be enjoying crystal clear digital quality pictures and sound,” he says.
“And for a one-off cost and no monthly subscription Kiwi’s can enjoy the diversity of content available on ten television and two radio services. We’re quietly confident that with the new services and innovations we have scheduled for launch this year, such as the Digital Terrestrial service and High Definition, take-up figures will continue to track well above forecast. The roll-out is progressing well with the transmission infrastructure in place and rigorous testing already underway,” he adds.
More information regarding the current service and future plans can be found on the Freeview NZ website.