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# 80143 27-Mar-2011 17:04
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Freeview|HD soon to increase broadcast coverage to over 86 percent of NZ homes

The Government has announced it is extending the existing Freeview|HD (high definition) service to more regions throughout the country including Whangarei, New Plymouth, Rotorua, Taupo, Gisborne, Masterton, Whanganui, Nelson, Timaru and Invercagill making Freeview|HD available to an extra 160,000 homes nationwide. Viewers can check whether they are in coverage by going to the Freeview website and using the Coverage checker http://www.freeviewnz.tv.

The extension supports the Government’s decision to switch over to digital only broadcasting by making it easier for more New Zealanders to make the change from free reception of analogue television to free reception of digital television with Freeview.  DSO (digital switch over), begins in September 2012 in Hawke’s Bay and West Coast and finishes in the upper North Island in November 2013.

Increased access to the Freeview|HD service provides an easy way for households, many of which have opted for in-home entertainment since the start of the recession, to budget more efficiently. Avoiding a double-dip recession shows New Zealanders’ resilience and adaptability to the changing environment. The initiative will ensure viewers can enjoy more channels and a better picture quality without a monthly cost, giving consumers a much-needed break.

“The largest benefit of Freeview is that it’s just a one-off cost to set up, and then the service is free,” says Freeview general manager Sam Irvine. “Some  people in these areas are likely to already have a TV with a Freeview|HD   receiver built in and will only need to hook up to a UHF aerial (already common on many New Zealand houses) to be able to access High Definition digital TV for free. Also, anyone with a TV can benefit from Freeview|HD, by simply purchasing a Freeview|HD receiver from their local stockist and connecting that to their existing TV via a UHF aerial.”

The Extension of the Freeview|HD    service will also enable more homes to easily watch all of the Rugby World Cup (RWC) games, which will be screened on Freeview channels .without the need to pay a subscription.

“RWC viewing will be high on many people’s agenda and MyFreeview is a product that allows viewers to pause the live action as well as record, with one touch, all the games. So while the key RWC and All Black games will be screened live, many of the pool matches will be screened late in the evening and with MyFreeview viewers can record games to ensure they don’t miss any of the action making it a popular product choice for rugby fans,” Mr Irvine says.

For more information about Freeview’s services visit www.freeviewnz.tv. For more information about the DSO visit www.goingdigital.co.nz.


 




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  # 452464 27-Mar-2011 17:13
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I wonder what big delay is?

Last month when the rollout was officially announced it was going to be complete by the end of June - media are now reporting this story today that it'll be complete by September.

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  # 452545 27-Mar-2011 20:19
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have to do something will all the space freed by killing tvnz6 and removing tvnz6 #bitter

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  # 452555 27-Mar-2011 20:44
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Maybe Harvey Normans stock of Rhode and Schwartz DVB transmitters is low, so they have to wait, let alone all the microwave linking gear and combiner bits needed

All this kit is ordered to spec not off the shelf, with recent bumps in the silicon supply line (read Japan) expect delays on lots of stuff.

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  # 452599 27-Mar-2011 23:02
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Ok

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Looking forward to more DVB-T channels.




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  # 452607 27-Mar-2011 23:48
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Does anyone know if Parahaki is going to be the only transmitter in Whangarei?
What about those that use Horakaka or Hikurangi?
Will they have to wait until 2013?

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  # 452616 28-Mar-2011 07:16
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cyril7: Maybe Harvey Normans stock of Rhode and Schwartz DVB transmitters is low, so they have to wait, let alone all the microwave linking gear and combiner bits needed

All this kit is ordered to spec not off the shelf, with recent bumps in the silicon supply line (read Japan) expect delays on lots of stuff.

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I think they went with someone else this time round, not Kordia and not Rohde and Schwarz, everyone gets a turn.

 
 
 
 


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  # 452622 28-Mar-2011 07:50
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Kordia still got Taranaki.

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  # 452626 28-Mar-2011 08:14
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In the pdf coverage map, I'm sitting on a green blob. Is that going to work for me?
 

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  # 452725 28-Mar-2011 12:54
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Thanks for putting up the link to these.

Does highlight to me some of the possible reasons Terrestrial was left out of these areas in the first place. In that a lot of these areas are not flat and will suffer the same delivery issues and black spots that they have historically had with Prime reception etc.

Good to see if coming along though, and on a fairly quick time scale too.

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  # 452743 28-Mar-2011 13:31
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sbiddle: Kordia still got Taranaki.


Only 'cause the Naki is a one mountain kinda place....

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  # 453004 29-Mar-2011 06:30
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The annoying thing about the Masterton Freeview|HD is that it will not be transmitted from the town's main transmitter. It will be transmitted from another transmitter far far away (not that far). This is annoying as a majority of the Wairarapa population will be in Masterton, so they are spending all of this effort to make sure that the rural part of Wairarapa will have coverage. #Rant




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  # 453008 29-Mar-2011 07:14
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naggyman: The annoying thing about the Masterton Freeview|HD is that it will not be transmitted from the town's main transmitter. It will be transmitted from another transmitter far far away (not that far). This is annoying as a majority of the Wairarapa population will be in Masterton, so they are spending all of this effort to make sure that the rural part of Wairarapa will have coverage. #Rant


Why is it annoying? Wont Masterton get freeview if the transmitter is on a different hill?

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  # 453009 29-Mar-2011 07:15
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We will get Freeview|HD, just ranting ;)




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  # 453017 29-Mar-2011 08:07
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You've gotta laugh at the wording on the coverage checker. It appears the options for coverage are either 'Likely' or 'Unlikely'.

Now excuse the pedant in me, but the word 'Unlikely' implies that there may be some possibility... in an optimistic way its a word full of hope, and just a little bit of tease. Where in some places its actually very very easy to give a definitive 'No bloody way mate'.

Soo... here I sit in sunny Nelson optimistically wondering if I add a few dozen more elements to a yagi or find a taller telephone pole to mount it on then I just might get some HD before 2013... ok it's unlikely, but........


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