Freeview maintenant dans 14% des foyers de Nouvelle Zelande !
16 avril 2009
The latest sales figures for the three months ending March 2009, indicate that the total households now receiving Freeview is 226,141, or 14.1% of permanent households. This figure is made up of the Freeview satellite service which launched in May 2007 (155,482 or 9.7%) and the Freeview|HDTM service, which launched in April last year (70,659 or 4.4%).
« As we approach our second birthday, Freeview continues to connect with Kiwis right around the country. We are ahead of forecast and are tracking well towards more homes watching free-to-air digital television. We are looking forward to the prospect of working even more closely with all the relevant broadcasting stakeholders. Whether it’s the Government, Sky TV and Prime or our own consortium partners, we’re focused on making Freeview a world leading free-to-air digital broadcasting platform, » said Sam Irvine, Acting General Manager, Freeview NZ.
« We know from retailers around the country that the recession is clearly impacting Kiwis; we are staying at home more, looking at our home entertainment options and we are watching more TV. The latest take up figures suggest New Zealanders are looking to Freeview as a good value home entertainment option. That’s because you get a free-to-air, digital quality TV experience with more channels to choose from than traditional free-to-air analogue television plus other digital only features » he added.
Lancement de Freeview HD en Nouvelle Zelande
17 Mars 2008
site Officiel : http://freeviewnz.tv/
doc Officiel : http://freeviewnz.tv/images/freeview_hd_media_fact_sheet.pdf
suite : http://freeviewnz.tv/images/freeview_hd_date_announcement_.pdf
The official launch date for the new Freeview high-definition, digital-terrestrial TV service has finally been announced.
On April 2 the Freeview HD service will join its satellite based sibling, launched last year, to provide New Zealand with a complete digital broadcast platform for free to air TV channels.
The existing Freeview satellite service is already providing crystal clear, digital TV (in standard definition) to the entire country, and the new terrestrial service (so-called because it is transmitted using traditional land based towers and requires a UHF aerial to receive rather than a dish) will introduce New Zealand to the exciting prospect of high definition TV. The broadcast area covers 75% of the population from launch day including Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Napier, Hastings, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
In addition to HD, there are plenty of other benefits to be had by using digital instead of traditional analogue variety; digital TV is much less susceptible to interference, can be broadcast in 16:9 widescreen, supports 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound and offers a full 8-day electronic programming guide. More channels will be on offer too. In addition to TV1 and TV2, TVNZ will broadcast TVNZ6 (family and local programming), TVNZ7 (news, current affairs and documentaries) and Sport Extra while TV Works will broadcast TV3 and C4 at launch and add a further two channels within two years. Other channels available at launch are Maori TV and Parliament TV.
At launch time TV3 will be broadcasting around 12 hours of primetime shows in high def while TVNZ appears to be taking a much more leisurely approach — barring the 2008 Olympics, don’t expect to see anything in high def until late next year on TVNZ stations. Locally produced shows like news and sports bulletins will also have to wait to make the HD switch as the various networks must first upgrade their studio cameras and associated hardware and software.
In order to receive Freeview HD customers will need to purchase a compatible digital receiver or set top box. And to be able to view Freeview HD in high def, a TV with a resolution of at least 1280×720 will be required.
A Freeview accredited set top box made by Zinwell will be available from day one and is expected to retail for around $500. These prices should quickly tumble as more manufacturers release compatible receivers and PVR’s (personal video recorders). Freeview places no restrictions on manufacturing and as such anyone can make and market a Freeview HD compatible device. On the upside, most households already have a UHF aerial installed and won’t require any further hardware or wiring in order to recieve.