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# 169711 23-Mar-2015 19:20
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New Zealand’s first multi-screen report recently released by Nielsen found Kiwi’s love affair with the TV set continues to beat strongly after 46 years on the market. As of this year, nearly 3.6million watch content on a TV set (92% of the population) with around 10% of homes having a hybrid or smart TV.

TVNZ Chief Executive Kevin Kenrick says FreeviewPlus responds to Kiwis desire to watch content on bigger screens. “FreeviewPlus is a smart, simple solution that seamlessly brings OnDemand onto the big screen. There is nothing technical required of the viewer beyond being able to turn on their TV and yet they will have the best of both worlds – free to air television and the freedom of our OnDemand service.”

MediaWorks Group CEO, Mark Weldon says FreeviewPlus is an important new development in the New Zealand media landscape.

“By enabling viewers to move between linear free-to-air TV and ondemand services in a frictionless manner, FreeviewPlus delivers clear benefits for audiences and customers. MediaWorks is delighted to be announcing FreeviewPlus alongside our JV partners."

Maori Television CEO Paora Maxwell says he’s excited to be a part of improving New Zealand audiences’ viewing experience. “Freeview Plus will allow easy access to the wealth of programmes we have available on our two traditional channels, combined with our extensive catalogue of on-demand content, now all available to them in one place, on their TV screen.”

FreeviewPlus features:


  • Switch seamlessly between live and ondemand TV with a click of a button
  • Scroll through an 8-day TV guide that displays multiple channels at the same time
  • A catch up guide goes back a week so you can catch up with ease
  • Search across live and ondemand TV content
  • Featured sections showcase selected programmes
  • Browse TV and movies libraries by genre
  • Set reminders and favourites
  • More than 600 ondemand shows and movies
  • And of course viewers will continue to receive all the benefit of Freeview|HD with many of their favourite shows broadcast in high definition and surround sound free from subscriptions.
FreeviewPlus is planned for release on the Freeview|HD platform in mid-2015. LG, Samsung, Sony and Panasonic FreeviewPlus Smart TVs and Dish TV FreeviewPlus set top boxes will be available in all leading electronics retailers from April / May 2015.  Viewers who upgrade to these Smart TVs or boxes and connect them to their UHF aerial and home broadband, will automatically pick up the FreeviewPlus service on go live. 

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Freeview has launched a new digital TV platform designed to give New Zealanders easy access to on-demand video services on their TVs - FreeviewPlus.

In a New Zealand first, FreeviewPlus uses Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) to enable seamless integration and switching between broadcast TV and on-demand services. The service is free to view and easy to set up via a new FreeviewPlus set-top box (from around $150), and is built into most new 2015 Smart TVs.

Sam Irvine, General Manager at Freeview, says the launch of Freeview is a game changer for television in New Zealand and signals a new era in TV viewing.

“FreeviewPlus is a smarter way to watch TV. The simple on-screen programme guide lets viewers search across a massive library that brings together broadcast content from 19+ live channels and on demand content from TVNZ OnDemand, 3NOW and Māori Television On Demand, something that has to-date not been available in New Zealand.”

And in what Irvine says is ‘another first to market’ FreeviewPlus offers an eight day ‘catch-up’ or reverse programme guide that allows viewers to go back in time across TVNZ, MediaWorks and Māori Television channels and select programmes to catch up on demand straight from the guide.

TVNZ Chief Executive Kevin Kenrick says FreeviewPlus is about giving viewers access to content when and where they want it.

“We know people want to be able to view their content on the biggest screen in the house, what’s changing is that they want to be able to do so on their terms – that’s where FreeviewPlus comes in with seamless access to linear and OnDemand TV.”

MediaWorks Group CEO Mark Weldon says FreeviewPlus is compelling because it’s free to view with more than 600 On Demand shows and movies available.

“MediaWorks, TVNZ and Māori TV, through FreeviewPlus, are offering a leading free-to-view service that adds significant value for audiences and advertisers.”

Māori TV CEO Paora Maxwell says FreeviewPlus is an important new platform for viewers to access New Zealand content, particularly Māori language and cultural programming.

"Our mission is to engage the hearts and minds of more New Zealanders with our unique content that entertains and informs them. Along with others, the FreeviewPlus platform is the perfect vehicle in enabling us to do this."

FreeviewPlus is available in all areas with Freeview|HD coverage.

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