Igloo (TV)

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Igloo
Type Joint-venture between Sky Network Television and TVNZ
Industry Prepaid Subscription Television
Founded December 2011
Headquarters Auckland, New Zealand
Key people John Fellet, CEO of Sky
Peter Macourt, Chairman of Sky
Sir John Anderson, Chairman of TVNZ, Chaz Savage, GM of IGLOO
Products Igloo Prepaid Pay TV
Website igloo.co.nz

Igloo is a New Zealand prepaid pay TV service launched on 3 December 2012.[1][2][3][4] The Pace supplied receiver provides customers access to free-to-air channels through Freeview, and a small selection of pay TV channels can be purchased for 30 days.

History[edit]

Igloo was founded by Sky Network Television and TVNZ in December 2011. Details were announced on December 8 via a press release. Sky holds a 51% share in the venture while TVNZ, the minority shareholder has 49%.

Igloo was originally scheduled to start during the first half of 2012,[5] however, they encountered delays and had to push the launch date back to December 2012.[6] The service offers free-to-air HD (via terrestrial), along with pay TV channels provided by Sky, to a set top box being developed by Sky. It will use digital terrestrial frequencies owned by Sky previously used for their analogue terrestrial offering (which is no longer offered). Sky was required to make use of the spectrum or it would be taken by the Government.

Service[edit]

The service is targeted at individuals who may not be able to commit to a contract or do not need all of the channels available from the regular Sky pay TV offering.[7]

Viewers can order live sport events via pay-per-view on the Front Row channel, as well as stream TV shows and movies using a broadband connection. The device provided by Igloo has the ability to "live pause" when a USB flash drive is inserted (as there is no hard disk drive built into the device). An 8GB flash drive will allow for around 60 minutes of live pause.[1]

Pay-channel broadcasting is DVB-T2 256-QAM transport via UHF channel 30 (546 MHz) or 31 (554 MHz). This is separate from the DVB-T 64-QAM transports used by Freeview.

Channels[edit]

Sky and TVNZ defines a virtual channel order that groups channels by importance to the service operator as follows.

General entertainment channels are below 20 which includes TVNZ's free-to-air TV One (selected HD), free-to-air TV2 (selected HD), free-to-air U, TVNZ Heartland and TVNZ Kidzone24, MediaWorks' free-to-air TV3 (selected HD) and free-to-air Four, free-to-air Prime, Front Row (pay-per-view sports), BBC UKTV, News Corporation's National Geographic, Viacom Media Networks channels MTV Hits and Comedy Central, Vibe, BBC's BBC Knowledge and BBC World News, Food Television and Discovery Communications' Animal Planet.

All other national Freeview channels spillover from 20 to 29 and 35 and from 50 to 59 which includes timeshifted hour delay channels for TV One and TV3, government funded Maori TV and Parliament TV, C4, Trackside, ChoiceTV, The Shopping Channel, World TV's Chinese channels CTV8 and TV9 and the Christian channel Firstlight.

Kordia locally inserted channels are from 30 to 34 which for the Waikato and Bay of Plenty is tvCentral, for Rotorua are TV Rotorua and Info-Rotorua, for Auckland is TV33 and for Whangarei is Channel North.

Freeview audio only radio channels are from 36 to 39 which includes BaseFM.

Digital H.222 transport[edit]

DVB encrypted Terrestrial Services on transport 65 via the DTT – Sky New Zealand DVB network
Service Description Irdeto LCN DVB name Streams
4101 Animal focused reality TV 13 Animal Planet 2001 (H.264@2Mbit/s – 720x576ix25), 3001 (HE-AACv2@32kbit/s – 48000x2), 2101 (teletext subtitle), 1101 (Irdeto key control)
4102 U.K. state owned news service 16 BBC World 2002 (H.264@2Mbit/s – 720x576ix25), 3002 (HE-AACv2@32kbit/s – 48000x2), 1102 (Irdeto key control)
4103 U.S. and U.K. re-run sitcoms, stand-up and sketch comedy 9 Comedy Central 2003 (H.264@2Mbit/s – 720x576ix25), 3003 (HE-AACv2@32kbit/s – 48000x2), 1103 (Irdeto key control)
4104 U.K. soap operas, re-run dramas and comedys 7 UKTV 2004 (H.264@2Mbit/s – 720x576ix25), 3004 (HE-AACv2@32kbit/s – 48000x2), 2104 (teletext subtitle), 1104 (Irdeto key control)
4105 U.K./Australian/U.S. DIY and competition cooking 12 Food TV 2005 (H.264@2Mbit/s – 720x576ix25), 3005 (HE-AACv2@32kbit/s – 48000x2), 1105 (Irdeto key control)
4106 U.K. state-owned documentaries and reality TV 11 BBC Knowledge 2006 (H.264@2Mbit/s – 720x576ix25), 3006 (HE-AACv2@32kbit/s – 48000x2), 2106 (teletext subtitle), 1106 (Irdeto key control)
4107 Music video compilations 15 MTV Hits 2007(H.264@2Mbit/s – 720x576ix25), 3007 (HE-AACv2@32kbit/s – 48000x2), 1107 (Irdeto key control)
4108 State-owned packaging of youth shows 14 Kidzone24 2008 (H.264@2Mbit/s – 720x576ix25), 3008 (HE-AACv2@32kbit/s – 48000x2), 1108 (Irdeto key control)
4109 U.S./Australian documentaries and reality TV 8 National Geographic 2009 (H.264@2Mbit/s – 720x576ix25), 3009 (HE-AACv2@32kbit/s – 48000x2), 2109 (teletext subtitle), 1109 (Irdeto key control)
4110 State-owned archived and funded material 17 TVNZ Heartland 2010 (H.264@2Mbit/s – 720x576ix25), 3010 (HE-AACv2@32kbit/s – 48000x2), 2110 (teletext subtitle), 1110 (Irdeto key control)
4111 U.S./U.K. re-runs and reality TV 10 Vibe 2011 (H.264@2Mbit/s – 720x576ix25), 3011 (HE-AACv2@32kbit/s – 48000x2), 1111 (Irdeto key control)
4112 Pay-per-view events 6 Front Row 2012 (H.264@2Mbit/s – 720x576ix25), 3012 (HE-AACv2@32kbit/s – 48000x2), 1112 (Irdeto key control)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Igloo TV (8 December 2011). "IGLOO". Igloo New Zealand. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  2. ^ NZ Herald (8 December 2011). "Rivalry thaws with Igloo deal". NZ Herald. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Stuff (7 December 2011). "Igloo pay-TV details released". Stuff New Zealand. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Stuff (12 November 2012). "Igloo aims for pre-Christmas launch". Stuff. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Sky Television (24 November 2011). "Media Release: SKY and TVNZ Partner To Launch A New Digital Pay Television Service". Sky Network Television. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/7164103/Igloo-TV-service-launch-delayed
  7. ^ Throng (16 February 2012). "First look at Igloo". Throng New Zealand. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 

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