Flippikat: Sounds promising. An extra bonus would be a "TVNZ Classic" channel which would be a revamp of Heartland, only on a free platform.
Makes sense to me, as the content is already there in TVNZ archives.
This would be awesome! Yes the programming is not only already in their archives, much of it was paid for by tax payers before the Government of the day lifted the charter. There was nothing more aggravating than if you wanted to see this treasure trove of publicly funded programming you had to walk the great pay-wall of Sky.
Although I don't do sports I acknowledge this channel is great news for those who do do sports. With the news this week of the massive profit TVNZ made I'm hoping they'll see their way to fill their downtime with some content from the archives.
The content that screened on Heartland is already digital so would take next to no resources to set up a schedule. To sweeten the deal for TVNZ they could place internal promos in the breaks for TV1 and TV2.