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Freeview reaches 300,000 New Zealand homes

, posted: 13-Oct-2009 14:59

Just a pause in this review blog to announce that Freeview is now in almost 300,000 New Zealand homes - the numbers are split in 177,917 homes receiving Freeview (the satellite service) and 113.936 homes with Freeview|HD (the terrestrial service).
"The availability and popularity of Prime seems to have contributed to our growth and has brought the total number of channels on Freeview satellite to 13 and 12 on Freeview|HD." says Sam Irvine, General Manager, Freeview.  
The availability of Prime on Freeview will also have an impact on driving New Zealand transition towards digital switch over as all national free-to-air channels are now on the platform.  A final decision on the official switch over date, as indicated by Minister of Broadcasting Dr Coleman, will be made when digital television up-take reaches 75 percent of households, or in 2012, whichever occurs first. 


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Comment by J J, on 14-Oct-2009 09:04

If they want more subscribers whay dont they pull finger and provide HD to all of nz.


Comment by oxnsox, on 14-Oct-2009 23:03

2012 will come first unless there are real plans, that will be implemented, to provide better Terrestrial coverage.
Will be interesting to see what reasons for the rest of the country missing out are used then.
If you want digital tele you want HD...


Comment by Gordy7, on 15-Oct-2009 12:44

Interesting article but with mixed statistics. Numbers versus percentages.
What is the NZ household digital TV percentage uptake now?
G


Comment by wongtop, on 15-Oct-2009 13:03

Just noticed on the pages for the Magic DTR that "quiet" has been spelt "quite".


Comment by gustov, on 15-Oct-2009 13:37

The number of households with Freeview will be higher than the figures disclose because they do not take account of all the sales of equipment outside the "approved" Freeview sales network. For example all those who buy their Freeview equipment off Trade Me.


Comment by gustov, on 15-Oct-2009 13:38

The number of households with Freeview will be higher than the figures disclose because they do not take account of all the sales of equipment outside the "approved" Freeview sales network. For example all those who buy their Freeview equipment off Trade Me.


Comment by Athlonite, on 16-Oct-2009 05:35

i think it's about time Freeview DVBS went HD stop with the UHF versus Satalite crap and just do it from one place only make it all satalite and no UHF, so what its more expensive to do it through satalite transmission do i or anyone using freeview care about cost of transmiision NOPE do i care that if i want free view i have to make a choice between buying two settop boxes or having to miss out on HD yes i do. All i or anyone wants is one box that does the lot and can cover everywhere UHF be gone


Comment by Barry Wilkins, on 16-Oct-2009 19:59

I note that the actual statement is misleading. A strict interpretation means that ( A decision on the switchover date will be made in 2012) or ( A decision on the switchover date will be made when 75% of households have DTV). It is in both cases a DECISION on a switchover date, not that the actual date will be in that year or at that point in take up. Unless there has been a monumental muck-up in the meaning of the statement it is clear to me that in 2012 or at the 75% point they could decide to switch over in 2020 or any old time in the future. Two realities are possible. (1) They really do intend to switch over by 2012 at the latest and the statement was very poorly worded or (2) A lot of people have been misled because all those I have mentioned this to think that (1) is the intention.


Comment by Barry Wilkins, on 16-Oct-2009 20:01

I note that the actual statement is misleading. A strict interpretation means that ( A decision on the switchover date will be made in 2012) or ( A decision on the switchover date will be made when 75% of households have DTV). It is in both cases a DECISION on a switchover date, not that the actual date will be in that year or at that point in take up. Unless there has been a monumental muck-up in the meaning of the statement it is clear to me that in 2012 or at the 75% point they could decide to switch over in 2020 or any old time in the future. Two realities are possible. (1) They really do intend to switch over by 2012 at the latest and the statement was very poorly worded or (2) A lot of people have been misled because all those I have mentioned this to think that (1) is the intention.


Comment by sbiddle, on 20-Oct-2009 19:01

ASO *WILL NOT* occur in 2012. A date announcing when ASO will happen will be announced in 2012.

Many media have incorrectly written in the past that ASO will occur in 2012. This is incorrect.

ASO is expected to occur sometime around 2014.


Comment by WildBill, on 27-Oct-2009 00:48

On Nov 30th 2007 a govt announcement stated that " A.S.O. will occur in 2012 if 75% of NZ households have digital television, or earlier if we hit 75% before 2012".

The inference at that time was that when we reached 60%, the govt would set the A.S.O. date to coincide with reaching 75%, (-they estimated that 45% of households were digital in Nov '07; Sky-40%, Freeview-5%) but there is a strong line of thought that what the govt actually meant was that they would set the date in 2012!

However, latest figures (Oct '09) indicate that we have already reached 64% (-Sky-46%, Freeview-18%) and if current growth continues we should hit 75% by late 2010 or early 2011! So, if they haven't already done so, they should set the date then, meaning that we could be in line for a 2012 cut-off!

Cheers,  Wild Bill.


Comment by stephen wilton, on 7-Nov-2009 08:56

As you may know in england, we've had digital for around 10 years, starting with ondigital through to freeview, our analog cut of date is 2012, then we can finally get hd freeview, can't figure out how it's taken so long to get high def on freeview though, we've got quite a few more channels than in nz, 48 at the moment, not bad!


Comment by timestyles, on 3-Dec-2009 21:46

Late to the conversation.  I hope that ASO date is later than 2013.  12 months ago bought an analogue PVR with a 5 year warranty.  Anyway, I can't imagine that ASO will be sooner rather than later.  No country on the planet has brought forward ASO, all seem to have delayed it to some degree.  People with dark screens are angry voters.


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