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Topic # 60230 22-Apr-2010 13:41
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New Channels and Content Ensure Sales Still Strong for Freeview
 
Nearly three years after launching, Freeview continues to connect with Kiwis thanks to increases in the number of channels, the imminent prospect of the FIFA Football World Cup being available free-to-air in HD® and continued free-to-air digital technology innovation.
 
“We’ve moved fairly quickly from five channels to 16 and with the arrival of the MediaWorks alternative music channel, C42 on May the 1st, that number will increase yet again. As well as the new channel, the Football World Cup is now less than 50 days away and some of the games are scheduled to screen live on TV One in HD® while TVNZ 7 will broadcast selected alternative live games plus replays.  So clearly the content that’s not available on analogue TV is proving to be a big part of a really attractive proposition for TV viewers,” says Sam Irvine, Freeview General Manager.
 
“We are also continuing to work with manufacturers and broadcasters  to enable  them to develop applications and products that will allow viewers to copy and distribute  High Definition content and access video content, direct to their TV’s,  over the internet”, he adds.
 
Sales figures for the first quarter of 2010 show that nearly a  quarter (23.5%) of New Zealand homes can now access free-to-air, digital TV and radio through  Freeview.
 
The total number of households able to receive Freeview is now 376,389 (up from 346,116 in December 2009), which consists of both Freeview satellite® homes and Freeview|HD® homes. The number of Freeview enabled satellite® households has grown to 12% whilst the number of Freeview|HD® enabled homes also grew to 11.5%.

“Freeview is committed to offering the best digital free-to-air viewing experience possible and new channels, popular content and world-class technology are compelling evidence of that,” concludes Sam Irvine.







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  Reply # 321685 22-Apr-2010 14:11
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You mean 2010 not 2001? :-)

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  Reply # 321696 22-Apr-2010 14:40
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For anyone with the capability to pick up SBS off Optus D1 they will be showing all of the World Cup games in HD.




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  Reply # 322048 23-Apr-2010 12:27
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openmedia: For anyone with the capability to pick up SBS off Optus D1 they will be showing all of the World Cup games in HD.

Are they any instructions around on how to do this ?

[e] and yes Im searching the forums like mad to see if I can find it :) Am hoping someone would just know where it was.

I only have mysky to get the English football in HD. Everything else we do is through FreeviewHD, so if I can get SBS and they play the football during the season as well I could be onto a winner. 

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  Reply # 322059 23-Apr-2010 12:55
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Some details from the freeview shop website

http://www.freeviewshop.co.nz/forum/index.php/topic,1011.0.html

You'd need to turn off your Sky STB to tune to the Vertial signal.




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  Reply # 322066 23-Apr-2010 13:10
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Yeah to get SBS you'll need:
A satellite dish (standard sky size of around 65cm will be fine)
Dish pointed at Optus D1 (same sat that does freeview sat and sky sat)
A ku lnb (same type as sky use)
A receiver that can tune in freeview, and that allows you to tune in other channels, (so far easier with a non freeview approved box)

This is what you need to get the sbs channels.
To get the one SBS HD channel you will need a receiver capable of showing HD via satellite.
ie hyundai AH-3110 or the ultraplus 9000/micro 900 types

SBS is on a different polarity to the Horizontal freeview and sky broadcasts.  If you are sharing an lnb with another box, either freeview or sky, you will need to ensure they are not tuned to a horizontal channel as this will force the lnb into horizontal, and you will not be able to watch a vertical channel.  Hope that makes sense.

As has been mentioned above, the sky box may hold the vertical polarity, even when off on standby.

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  Reply # 322086 23-Apr-2010 13:57
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I currently do FreeviewHD through the HVR-4000 in my HTPC, so if I understand correctly I should be able to simply switch off the Sky STB and scan with the HVR with the appropriate settings :)


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  Reply # 322090 23-Apr-2010 14:02
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Since when has HD? been a registered trademark??




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  Reply # 322102 23-Apr-2010 14:27
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that's good news they'll be in HD.  Probably 5.1 sound as well.

I wonder if SBS will still be round by World Cup time, woudln't surprise me if it finally disappears for good.

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  Reply # 322182 23-Apr-2010 18:23
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Anyone know when a schedule will be online? Thanks in advance.

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  Reply # 322211 23-Apr-2010 20:37
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Is it possible to retune a sky decoder to get SBS? might be a stupid question but im curious




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