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# 80477 31-Mar-2011 16:37
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After a successful first awards season in 2010, the second annual Freeview awards have now been launched to find and champion the best elements of Freeview.
 
The awards celebrate all aspects of Freeview, from the channels and programmes provided by Freeview broadcasters, to the first-rate work of retailers and installers and the top-quality Freeview-approved products around New Zealand.
 
The  awards  recognise  Freeview’s  growing  popularity  and  acknowledge  their  broadcast, retail and  technology partners and suppliers  who collectively underpin  the success of the enterprise.
 
Freeview General Manager Sam Irvine says, “After the success of last year’s awards and the  boost  that  the  wins  gave  to  many  broadcast  partners  and  suppliers,  we are  looking forward to  what emerges from this  year's voting. We expect a high level of engagement, judging by the growth in sales of Freeview receivers.  The past 12 months have seen record numbers of Freeview-approved products sold by retailers and a significant rise in popularity of shows on digital-only channels.  
 
In February 2011, retailers experienced their biggest February of Freeview sales since the company’s  inception  in  2007,  and  as  the  September  2012  Digital  Switch  Over  (DSO) deadline  approaches, the  rate  of  Kiwis  making  the  change  from  analogue  to  digital television is expected to increase.
  
The Freeview awards voting button can be found at www.freeviewnz.tv and those who vote will go into the draw to win a MyFreeview|HD Digital Television Recorder. Entries close on Tuesday 5 April and the winners will be announced on Tuesday 12 April.
Categories for the Freeview awards:
 
1.  Best in-store retail experience
2.  Best online retail experience
3.  Best installer experience
4.  Best Freeview-approved HD digital receiver
5.  Best Freeview-approved satellite digital receiver
6.  Best Freeview-approved Digital Television Recorder (MyFreeview|HD)
7.  Best Freeview-approved TV with Freeview I HD built in
8.  Best digital-only TV channel available on Freeview
9.  Best digital-only TV show available on Freeview
10. Best TV show available on Freeview
11. Best High Definition TV show available on Freeview
12. Best radio station available on Freeview





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  # 453884 31-Mar-2011 18:11
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thanks for that info



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  # 457992 12-Apr-2011 21:07
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Results received today:

 
Second annual Freeview awards winners represent the best of free digital TV and radio
After a successful first awards season in 2010, the second annual Freeview awards have garnered a record number of votes – 6,346 votes were cast to determine the winners in 12 categories of digital media and related services.

The awards celebrate all aspects of Freeview, from the channels and programmes provided by Freeview broadcasters, to the first-rate work of retailers and installers and the top-quality Freeview-approved products around New Zealand.
 
Freeview General Manager Sam Irvine says, “After the success of last year’s awards and the  boost  that  the  wins  gave  to  many  broadcast  partners  and  suppliers,  we expected a high level of engagement and were thrilled that the awards generated such a high number of votes.

“We would like to thank the many Freeviewers who voted and gave their feedback, and to congratulate the winners of this year’s awards. As an open platform we have many contributors to our success, and these awards allow viewers to pick their favourites of these high-performing individuals and organizations.”

Russell Brown of double-winner Media7 says, “This is wonderful news for the week of Media7's 150th episode.”
 
“We're especially delighted to be named not only best digital-only programme, but the best programme available on Freeview. And, of course, TVNZ 7, the home of Media7, has deservedly been voted the best digital-only channel.”

The awards recognise  Freeview’s  growing  popularity  and  acknowledge  the  broadcast, retail and  technology  partners and suppliers  who collectively underpin  the success of the enterprise. Over the past 12 months, record numbers of Freeview-approved products have been sold by retailers and a significant rise has been recorded in the popularity of shows on digital-only channels.  
 
Voting closed on 6 April, and the winners are as follows:

Best in-store retail experience
Winner: Noel Leeming
Runner-up: Dick Smith Electronics

Best online retail experience
Winner: Dick Smith Electronics
Runner-up: Noel Leeming

Best installation experience
Winner: Alf from AV1.co.nz

Best Freeview-approved HD receiver
Winner: Dish TV UHF aerial
Runner-up: Zinwell

Best Freeview-approved satellite receiver
Winner: Dish TV
Runners-up: Zinwell

Best Freeview-approved digital television recorder
Winner: Panasonic
Runners-up: Magic

Best Freeview-approved iDTV brand
Winner: Panasonic
Runner-up: Samsung

Best digital-only TV channel available on Freeview
Winner: TVNZ 7
Runner-up: TV3 Plus 1 

Best digital-only TV show available on Freeview
Winner: Media7, TVNZ 7
Runner-up: Back benches, TVNZ 7

Best TV show on a channel on Freeview
Winner: Media7, TVNZ 7
Runner-up: Back benches, TVNZ 7

Best high-definition TV show on a channel on Freeview
Winner: CSI, TV3, TV3 Plus 1
Runners-up: Criminal Minds, TV ONE

Best radio station on Freeview
Winner: Radio New Zealand National
Runner-up: George FM






 
 
 
 


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  # 458223 13-Apr-2011 13:23
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freitasm: Results received today:


Best Freeview-approved HD receiver

Winner: Dish TV UHF aerial



What? 

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  # 458241 13-Apr-2011 13:50
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At lot of TVNZ 7 in there....



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# 458259 13-Apr-2011 14:10
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Jaxson: At lot of TVNZ 7 in there....


Do you mean people actually like exactly the TV channel the government wants to shutdown?





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  # 458263 13-Apr-2011 14:14
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Can I still vote for channel 7 and channel 6 (Kidzone), oh wait that's right doing a good job isn't good enough...

Are there any channels left for the "Best channel available exclusively on Freeview" award?

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  # 458352 13-Apr-2011 18:33
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How about most squandered opportunity ?

ALL OF FREEVIEW !!!

 
 
 
 


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  # 458700 14-Apr-2011 13:09
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Yeah I've moaned about this before but what is with freeview anyway. If the government turns off the analogue transmissions then channels and viewers either move to the new platform or have no tv, (or pay for sky).

To some degree why do we need more stations to try and lure people across to freeview? They'll come soon enough once they analogue switch off occurs.

If there is no money to fund these things long term then why start them only to let people down when you cancel them? As has been said before by others, live broadcast TV will become less and less commercially viable so at some stage we may need to resort to the government funding one or two really good channels only, even at a loss.

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  # 458962 14-Apr-2011 21:35

They should have had a best Dolby Digital 5.1 show award... I would vote for Hawaii 5:O - wicked surround there.

Panasonic seemed to have some dominance there too. Impressive.




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  # 459241 15-Apr-2011 19:12
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I would be more interested if they had focused on "best Freeview receiver" rather than "best Freeview approved receiver".

All Freeview approval guarantees is a locked down box that won't receive other channels (like SBS), oh so fantastic DRM on any HD outputs, and an inability to easily transfer recordings off the box.

Knowing what the best crippled box is is a lot less interesting than knowing what the best box is!

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  # 459376 16-Apr-2011 14:18
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 All Freeview approval guarantees is a locked down box that won't receive other channels (like SBS) 


Thats not true.

The DTVS receiver (among others) is Freeview approved and that has no issues tuning any other (non-Freeview) channels... 

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  # 459790 17-Apr-2011 17:04
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@illicit - That's interesting to know, thanks.

It certainly was true when I was looking at boxes for a relative about a year ago (as I am the closest thing to a real techie in the family). Interesting if they have officially relaxed this restriction. Now if they would only relax all the others.......

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  # 459792 17-Apr-2011 17:12
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illicit:
 All Freeview approval guarantees is a locked down box that won't receive other channels (like SBS) 


Thats not true.

The DTVS receiver (among others) is Freeview approved and that has no issues tuning any other (non-Freeview) channels... 


What about the Freeview approved Zinwell sat decoder.

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  # 459794 17-Apr-2011 17:15
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How did Panasonic win DTR when they sell Digital VCRs?

And of course TVNZ 7 won there is next to nothing that is a "Freeview only" station




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