From 1 pm today, New Zealanders will be presented with the opportunity to watch their favourite programmes in crystal clear, high resolution, digital quality for free, courtesy of the new Freeview television and radio platform.
"The 'switch on' event at the Auckland Museum marks the start of the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting and is as significant an event as the introduction of colour television more than 30-years ago," says Steve Browning, General Manager, Freeview.
Receiving the new broadcast incurs no monthly fees and requires no contracts. Users just need to purchase a Freeview satellite set top box, and if they need one, install a sattelite dish.
The service will initially broadcast TV One, TV2, TV3, C4, Maori Television, Radio New Zealand National and Radio New Zealand Concert. More channels will be added in the future.
Freeview set top boxes can be purchased from appliance retailers in New Zealand. Approved Freeview boxes include a free eight day Electronic Programme Guide known as the Freeview EPG, automatic scanning of new channels and interactive capability.
Freeview is a new digital television and radio platform that is backed by a consortium of broadcasters consisting of TVNZ, CanWest MediaWorks, Maori Television and Radio New Zealand.