|Launched||28 April 2012|
|Owned by||Top TV Ltd|
|Picture format||PAL (576i) 16:9|
|DVB 64-QAM on band V|
|DVB QPSK on 12456 MHz|
Choice TV is the third privately owned national free-to-air television broadcaster currently available within in New Zealand. The major shareholder being Top Shelf Productions and company directors are Julia Baylis and Alex Breingan. The channel launched on the 28th of April 2012 at 5PM and is broadcast nationally on via the state-owned Kordia transmission network on both terrestrial and satellite. Vodafone also carry the channel for their cable subscribers in Wellington and Christchurch.
The channel broadcasts 24 hours and features programmes covering property, renovation, home and garden, food, travel, adventure, fishing, entertainment, comedy and drama.
The prime time programming slot (7:30-10:30pm) is themed differently for each day of the week.
- Monday - Travel: Our World
- Tuesday - Property & Design
- Wednesday - Great Outdoors
- Thursday - Food
- Friday - Home & Garden
- Weekend - Entertainment
The Choice TV line up includes productions from the UK's BBC worldwide, ITV Granada and Verve Productions, Zodiak Media, the Australian SBS, ABC and Fremantle Media. As well as in 2013 US productions from Sony Pictures Television.
During March, 2013 saw the start of Sony Pictures Television 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 October 2013, the Sony Pictures 13 episode action drama Last Resort will premiere, which was not renewed for a full season by the US ABC network.
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 New Zealand viewers before the end of season 47, the last episode aired on Friday 20 December 2013 and during the weekly catchup run on Sunday 22 December 2013.
See Brunch for more information.
The first season finished on the 21st of December 2012 with a total of 65 episodes but has not been renewed.