|Launched||28 April 2012|
|Owned by||Top TV Ltd|
|Picture format||PAL (576i) 16:9|
|Headquarters||Mount Eden, Auckland|
|DVB 64-QAM on band V|
|DVB QPSK on 12456 MHz|
Choice TV is the third largest privately owned national free-to-air television broadcaster in New Zealand and has been broadcasting since 2012. It was announced in November 2014 that Canada's Blue Ant Media bought the majority stake of Choice TV, therefore, marking the group's first international expansion.
The channel was launched on 28 April 2012 at 5 p.m. and was broadcast nationally on the Freeview digital TV transmission network on both terrestrial, satellite (channel 12), and on SKY Television Channel 26. Vodafone also carries the channel for their cable subscribers in Wellington and Christchurch. Since January 2014, the channel's 4-week cumulative audience, as measured by Neilsen, is around 1.8 million people (NZ population being 4.1 million).
The channel features programmes covering property, renovation, home and garden, food, travel, adventure, fishing, entertainment, comedy, and drama.
The Choice TV line up includes productions from the UK's BBC worldwide, ITV Granada, Verve Productions, Zodiak Media, the Australian SBS, ABC, Fremantle Media, as well as productions from Sony Pictures Television.
Top Shelf Productions and Choice TV developed a locally made series for Choice TV, the first of which aired in Spring 2014 on the channel's Thursday Food Night.
From the 17th of October 2014 Choice TV also started to air their own NZ Gardening Show Get Growing, which is also made locally, along with Cook the Books, which first aired on the 30th of October 2014.
- Monday – Travel: Our World
- Tuesday – Property & Design
- Wednesday – Great Outdoors
- Thursday – Food
- Friday – Home & Garden
- Weekend – Entertainment
Choice TV produces several television shows, including:
The season starting on January 2013 began with exclusive content including the ITV Granada's Jonathan Ross Show and Sony Pictures Television's made for TV movie series Jesse Stone starring Tom Selleck.
During March 2013, Sony Pictures Television started airing shows such as the short lived ABC sitcom Mr. Sunshine and the return of the weekday daytime drama Days of Our Lives, which had been discontinued by TVNZ along with their exclusive Sony Pictures contract over two years ago. Days of Our Lives picks up from the start of the 2011 season 47, just one and half seasons behind the current US NBC season. TVNZ was more than five years behind the US due to being preempted by holiday and sporting scheduling.
From September 2013, Choice TV started playing Season 2 of the Australian TV Comedy Twenty Something.
Days of Our Lives went on a summer hiatus until 10 February 2014 for viewers in New Zealand just before the end of season 47. The last few episodes aired on Friday 20 December 2013 and during the weekly catchup run on Sunday 22 December 2013. They announced on 25 April 2014 that the show is currently awaiting a decision on if another years worth of episodes will be ordered.
The first season finished on 21 December 2012 with a total of 65 episodes but has not been renewed.
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- "Cook the Books".