New Zealand - Freeview Eclipses 100,000 Milestone

Monday, April 14th, 2008 
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The Rt Hon Prime Minister Helen Clark acknowledges early success

Freeview NZ, the free-to-air digital television and radio platform, today announced that more than 100,000 Freeview capable receivers have been purchased.

Speaking at the Freeview|HD™ launch celebration at Te Papa in Wellington this afternoon, the Prime Minister outlined that the figure represents more than 6% of Kiwi homes – a remarkable achievement and one that not only places Freeview right at the forefront of global broadcasting capability but ahead of most countries in terms of rate of take-up for a free-to-air digital television and radio service.

With the recent addition of TVNZ 7, Te Reo and tvCentral the total number of channels broadcasting on Freeview is now 15. In addition, Freeview is set to welcome radio station George FM to the Freeview satellite service.

“Like the other broadcast partners who have joined the Freeview service, George FM recognises that we are a great way to deliver compelling free-to-air content into the home.

“We are also delighted to welcome The Warehouse, one of New Zealand’s largest retailers, as a retail partner for Freeview approved receivers,” says Steve Browning, GM Freeview.

“Now the availability of Freeview satellite and Freeview|HD™ will provide 100% national coverage, different cost options and a growing channel offering. It means more choice for New Zealanders who wish to receive crystal clear television and radio services, with no monthly subscription,” he adds.

After a solid start, Freeview expects the momentum will continue with Freeview|HD™ offering a growing selection of high definition programming.