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Topic # 14710 17-Jul-2007 08:48
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Oh god they are bringing back re-runs of its in the bag!! my lord that shouldn't be resuscitated.. for me this isn't good news, i don'ti have a freeview box, the idea of new channels definetly had me interested in getting one, but if the 'new' channels are going to be of this caliber then ill pass.


http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10451942&ref=rss


Reruns star in TVNZ's digital diet


TVNZ's new channel will feature up to 75 per cent local content - but most of it will be repeats.

The state broadcaster yesterday revealed details of its new TVNZ 6 programming schedule.

The advertisement-free digital channel will run three distinct programming blocks - Kidzone, Family and Showcase.

It will be launched on September 30. In March next year another channel - TVNZ 7 - will launch, featuring news and current affairs shows.

Both channels will be broadcast on the Freeview digital platform. A set-top box costing about $300 and a satellite dish will be required to access the platform.

The Government has provided $79 million for the new channels over the next five years.

TVNZ digital services general manager, Eric Kearley, said the non-commercial environment would allow TVNZ 6 to offer a different viewing experience to TV One and TV2.

"The goal of TVNZ 6 is to provide three distinctive viewing experiences that complement TV One and TV2.


"We'll be able to play programmes in prime time that are not possible on ratings-driven, free-to-view channels such as TV One and TV2," he said.

Unitec School of Communication senior lecturer Peter Thompson said repeating local shows wasn't necessarily a bad thing.

"Some of the repeats aren't just there because they don't have anything better to put on," he said.

"Some of it is going to be there in order to make sure you get the maximum reach across the audience."

"[But] if it was the same thing over and over again, I'm sure anybody would say 'wait a minute, this isn't really 75 per cent local content, it's not new local content'.

Mr Thompson wondered if the content would attract the audience necessary to propel New Zealand towards analogue switch-off.

TVNZ Kidzone targets pre-schoolers and will run every day from 6am-4pm. It will contain 50 per cent local content (15 per cent will be newly commissioned).


A new series of five-minute shows hosted by Kayne Peters will feature.

TVNZ Family will follow at 4pm and run until 8.30pm. It will screen shows that "families can watch together" and contain 70 per cent local content (27 per cent of it new).

A new four-minute show called Meet The Locals will screen on a regular basis and will follow Department of Conservation worker Nic Vallance as she discovers the natural world.

Finally, TVNZ Showcase will run from 8.30pm to midnight. It will screen "challenging programming for adults" and feature 75 per cent local content (22 per cent of it newly commissioned).

Showcase will screen two new half-hour programmes - an arts show called The Gravy, and a talk show called Talk Talk, hosted by columnist Finlay Macdonald.



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  Reply # 78388 17-Jul-2007 08:55
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Here we go the rise of crap-o-vision.

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  Reply # 78454 17-Jul-2007 14:10
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There are a couple of locally produced shows I'd like to see again, one episode, once, for old-times-sake. They've got TVNZ OnDemand now, so just put all this old local content up there, but don't broadcast it.

This sounds to me me like a lame way of filling it's local content quota without actually having to spend much money "lets fill a channel that doesn't generate any revenue anyway, with stuff from our archives, that way we don't have to pay anything for it, and the people won't care because they're not going to watch it anyway!"

I can see it now "TVNZ 6 Summer Lineup - Top Town 1988, Telethon's 1977 to 1990, It's In The Bag with Selwyn Toogood, Spot On!, What Now with Steve Parr and After School! with Ollie Olsen, News from the South with The Mainland Touch, At 6pm we have this day in history (aka the 6 O'Clock News from this day in 1981)!" and TVNZ crying out "look how good we are, all this marvellous local programming, and we don't even charge you for it!"





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  Reply # 78455 17-Jul-2007 14:16
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Somehow I thought this was likely to happen - just like I can't imagine where they'll get enough content for a dedicated news and current affairs channel (knowing TVNZ, they'll stream Fox News).  If this will be the quality of FreeView, perhaps they should pay us to take it up. Tongue out




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  Reply # 78466 17-Jul-2007 14:50
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lugh: If this will be the quality of FreeView, perhaps they should pay us to take it up. Tongue out


You're slightly off track here with Freeview. It's not an additional product - it's the future of TV in New Zealand as we move to a DVB-T and DVB-S based delivery platform. Once we start seeing TV's next year with built in DVB-T digital tuners then the Freeview platform becomes the defacto method of watching TV as people won't be needing to watch the analogue broadcasts any longer. 99% of LCD and Plasma TV's on sale in Australia have DVB-T tuners built in.




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  Reply # 78476 17-Jul-2007 15:20
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sbiddle: You're slightly off track here with Freeview.

My bad, I stand corrected.  A quick OT confirmation - I should wait until those TVs come out here before upgrading to an LCD (so I don't have yet another STB)?




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  Reply # 78490 17-Jul-2007 16:02
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The only problem we have is that TV's with integrated DVB-T may take some time to appear.

All DVB-T broadcasts started using MPEG2 encoding however a recent UK trial used H.264 MPEG4 and several other broadcasters using DVB-T in Europe all plan to move their DVB-T broadcasts to MPEG4 rather than using MPEG2. This allows for better picture quality, native HD and more channels due to the better compression. The problem however is that there are only a handful of TV's currently available that have DVB-T tuners with MPEG4 support and any TV that has a MPEG2 tuner won't work when NZ rolls out Freeview Terrestrial using MPEG4. How long manufacturers take to roll out TV's with MPEG4 and whether we will pay a premium for them is anybody's guess.


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sbiddle: The only problem we have is that TV's with integrated DVB-T may take some time to appear.

All DVB-T broadcasts started using MPEG2 encoding however a recent UK trial used H.264 MPEG4 and several other broadcasters using DVB-T in Europe all plan to move their DVB-T broadcasts to MPEG4 rather than using MPEG2. This allows for better picture quality, native HD and more channels due to the better compression. The problem however is that there are only a handful of TV's currently available that have DVB-T tuners with MPEG4 support and any TV that has a MPEG2 tuner won't work when NZ rolls out Freeview Terrestrial using MPEG4. How long manufacturers take to roll out TV's with MPEG4 and whether we will pay a premium for them is anybody's guess.



Sweeden is just making the switch to MPEG4 HD at the moment, and France has been using MPEG4 SD for quite a while.

Sony have already done demos of sets with MPEG4/H264 support so it won't be far away.




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  Reply # 78520 17-Jul-2007 17:49
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lugh:
sbiddle: You're slightly off track here with Freeview.

My bad, I stand corrected.  A quick OT confirmation - I should wait until those TVs come out here before upgrading to an LCD (so I don't have yet another STB)?


Will you need a DVBT tuner in your screen?  I have an analog tuner in my plasma screen and i've never used it.  If I could have bought the screen without any tuner I would have.  If you use MySky, Media Center X/PVR X, Freeview HDD Recorder STB etc then its unlikely you will care what tuner your LCD has built in.




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  Reply # 78528 17-Jul-2007 19:04
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Plus if you use the tuner in the TV, then it makes it a right pain in the butt to use the video switching on your receiver since it means you need to switch the screen from component to tuner, and the receiver over to an analog audio that comes from the TV.

Ideally I think that a DVB-T tuner should be inbuilt to the receiver much like the have the never used but always present am/fm tuner in them at the moment.




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  Reply # 78533 17-Jul-2007 20:14
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An advantage of having a set top box is that you can then connect it to your dvd recorer etc without your tv needing to have outputs...

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  Reply # 78544 17-Jul-2007 22:22
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One wonders wether this channel is more in line with ensuring they meet requirements of the NZ Content Charter.





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Reply # 78545 17-Jul-2007 22:53
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Jama: Here we go the rise of tax payer funded crap-o-vision.


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