List of free-to-air channels in New Zealand

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This article is a list of free-to-air channels in New Zealand.

New Zealand broadcast channels[edit]

Notes
  • The PAL-B&G (analogue) television switch off was completed on 1 December 2013.[1] AM and FM radio is unaffected.
  • DVB 64-QAM terrestrial channels use ITU system G channel allocations within UHF television band IV and band V. On 1 December 2013, Band V above 698 MHz was reallocated to LTE mobile telephony, hence some channels that were broadcasting on Band V above 698 MHz on 30 November 2013 have been forced off air until a new frequency is allocated.
  • All digital terrestrial television channels are encoded in H.264 and subject to a MPEG-LA controlled transmission patent licensing tax which is in included in the Freeview broadcaster cost and varies on viewership figures.
  • High-definition 1080i DVB 64-QAM and only available on TV One, TV2 and TV3. All other TV channels are standard-definition 576i anamorphic widescreen.
  • Metro means Kordia owned sites only in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Napier/Hastings, Palmerston North, the Wellington metropolitan area (including Kapiti), Christchurch and Dunedin.
  • A grey box in the 64-QAM column means the channel(s) is temporarily off-air.
  • All New Zealand operated direct-broadcast satellite channels are from Optus D1 at 160.0°E, and can be received via a standard 60 cm parabolic antenna. There are two main up-links - the original one from Sky in Auckland, on transports 3 @ 12519 MHz, 5 @ 12644 MHz or 6 @ 12671 MHz and the one from TVNZ's Avalon comm hub in Lower Hutt, with channels broadcast on either Freeview transport 21 @ 12456 MHz or 22 @ 12483 MHz.
  • IPTV resolution is generally better than 576i due to not being scaled to an anamorphic widescreen width of 720, but may be lower depending on the bandwidth selected or calculated at the time of connection. Playback performance may vary with network traffic conditions. Most metropolitan New Zealanders close to exchanges have access via ADSL2+ with ADSL further out, while both VDSL and optical fiber connections are still rare due to slow roll-out, rental property restrictions and/or higher monthly rental.
Freeview high viewership nationwide channels
NorDig

LCN

DVB name(s) Owner/parent company Launch H.222

Transport

Availability
Terrestrial Satellite DVB IPTV
PAL-B&G DVB 64-QAM Avalon FTA Sky FTA
1 TV ONE TVNZ (govt.) 1 Jun 1960 TVNZ ended 1 Dec 2013 1080i 576i No primetime/sports
on-demand SD
New Zealand's first television channel. Started as four channels (AKTV2, WNTV1, CHTV3, DNTV2) and amalgamated into one channel (NZBC TV) in October 1973. Renamed TV One on 1 April 1975.
2 TV2 TVNZ (govt.) 1 Jun 1975 TVNZ

Sky

ended 1 Dec 2013 1080i 576i 576i primetime/cartoons
on-demand SD
Youth focused channel, named South Pacific Television from 1976 to 1980.
3 TV3 MediaWorks NZ (corp.) 26 Nov 1989 MediaWorks ended 1 Dec 2013 1080i 576i ended 15 July 2014 primetime
on-demand SD
Started off as NZ's first private TV network, sold off to Canadian and, later, Australian interests. Currently in receivership
4 FOUR MediaWorks NZ (corp.) 29 Jun 1997 MediaWorks ended 1 Dec 2013 Yes Yes No primetime
on-demand
Youth focused channel launched as 4 in 1997, became music video C4 in 2003, reverted in 2008, renamed to FOUR in 2011.
5 Māori Television Māori Television Service (govt.) 28 Mar 2004 TVNZ

Kordia

ended 1 Dec 2013 Yes Yes No primetime
on-demand
Government funded content in Māori and English
6 TV One plus 1 TVNZ (govt.) 1 Jul 2012 TVNZ No Yes Yes No on-demand
TV One hour delayed replaced TVNZ 7
7 TV2+1 TVNZ (govt.) 1 Sep 2013 TVNZ No Yes Yes No on-demand
TV2 hour delayed, replaced TVNZ U[2]
8 TV3 PLUS1 MediaWorks NZ (corp.) 30 Mar 2009 MediaWorks No Yes Yes No on-demand
TV3 hour delayed
9 FOUR Plus 1

FOUR PLUS1

MediaWorks NZ (corp.) 26 Jun 2014 MediaWorks

Sky

No Yes No Yes on-demand
FOUR hour delayed
11 The Edge TV MediaWorks NZ (corp.) 20 May 2010 MediaWorks

Sky

No Yes No Yes No
Music videos started in 2010 called C4 2 as digital only jukebox version of FOUR's previous C4 channel. Format and name changed as of June 26, 2014.
10 PRIME SKY Network Television (corp.) 30 Aug 1998 Kordia

Sky

ended 1 Dec 2013 Yes changed frequency Yes primetime
pay TV only
Started off as a Subsidiary of Australia's Prime TV of three localised feeds before being sold to Sky TV in 2006
11 Trackside New Zealand Racing Board (govt.) Nov 1992 Sky ended 2012 ended 14 April 2014 No ended 14 April 2014 No
Horse and dog racing
12 ChoiceTV

Choice TV

Top TV Limited 28 Apr 2012 Kordia

MediaWorks

No Yes Yes No limited
on-demand
Mainly reality TV content with limited scripted content.
14 Sommet Sports 18 Jul 2013 Kordia

MediaWorks

No Yes Yes No No
Lower cost sporting coverage
16 Al Jazeera Al Jazeera Media Network 25 Oct 2013 Kordia No Yes No No live unicast
Foreign news service
18 The Shopping Channel The Shopping Channel Ltd. 1 Oct 2012 MediaWorks No Yes No No live unicast
24 hour infomercials
Freeview lower viewership nationwide channels
NorDig

LCN

DVB name(s) Owner/parent company Launch H.222

Transport

Availability
Terrestrial Satellite DVB IPTV
PAL-G DVB 64-QAM Avalon FTA Sky FTA
20 TVSN Shopping Direct Group Pty Ltd 20 Aug 2013 Kordia No Kordia Metro
only
No No AU live unicast
24 hour product demonstrations from Australian feed with New Zealand details
21 Yes Shop KD Media Inc 4 Nov 2013 Kordia No Kordia Metro
only
No No No
24 hour product demonstrations
22 Parliament TV

Parliament

Kordia (distributor, govt.) 9 Oct 2007 Kordia

MediaWorks

No Kordia Metro
only
Yes No live unicast
Live and replayed coverage of the New Zealand parliamentary sessions
23 CUE Mercury TV Ltd. (corp.) 1996 MediaWorks

Kordia

Southland ended
5 May 2013
Southland JDA
only
Yes No No
Mainly distance learning, local news and sport, formerly Mercury Television and later Southland TV.
24 Te Reo Māori Television Service (govt.) 2008 Kordia No Yes Yes No primetime on-demand
Government funded content in 100% Māori.
25 Shine TV Rhema Broadcasting Group (corp.) 1 Dec 2002 MediaWorks No Auckland JDA
only (ended Dec 2013)
Yes No live unicast
Christian programming
26 Firstlight Firstlight Charitable Trust 17 Sept 2012 Kordia No Yes No No live unicast
Family safe Christian Programming
28 ChineseTV World TV Ltd (corp.) 13 Aug 2007 Kordia Auckland ended
1 Dec 2013
Kordia Metro
only
No No No
Imported Mandarin and Cantonese entertainment and news
29 TV29 World TV Ltd (corp.) 1 Feb 2012 Kordia No Kordia Metro
only
No No No
Local and international Chinese programming
36 Apna Television Golam Moinuddin (private) 25 Mar 2014 Kordia No Kordia Metro
only
No No selected on-demand
International Hindu programming in Hindi
Freeview Kordia limited viewership local channels
NorDig

LCN

DVB name Owner/parent company Launch H.222

Transport

Availability
PAL-G DVB 64-QAM IPTV
30 TVCentral Television Media Group 2002 Kordia Waikato/BOP ended
1 Dec 2013
Waikato/BOP No
Family safe programming
33 TV33 New Zealand Chinese Television Ltd 1 May 2010 Kordia No Auckland No
Local and international Chinese programming
39 DunedinTV Allied Press 1995 Kordia Dunedin ended
28 Apr 2013
Dunedin No
Regional programming as well as Al Jazeera, DW TV, etc.
40 Canterbury TV Allied Press Sep 1991 Kordia Christchurch/Timaru ended
28 Apr 2013
Christchurch/Timaru limited
on-demand
Regional programming as well as Al Jazeera, DW TV, etc.
Freeview JDA limited viewership local channels
NorDig

LCN

DVB name Owner/parent company Launch H.222

Transport

Availability
PAL-G DVB 64-QAM IPTV
31 TV Rotorua Television Media Group 22 July 2006 Kordia Rotorua ended
1 Dec 2013
Rotorua No
Family safe programming
32 Info-Rotorua Television Media Group 1991 Kordia Rotorua ended
1 Dec 2013
Rotorua No
Tourist information
34 East Coast TV East Coast Television Trust Dec 2013 Kordia No Gisborne live unicast
Regional programming
35 Channel North Northland TV Charitable Trust 1 Aug 2008 Kordia Whangarei ended
1 Dec 2013
Whangarei live unicast
local community TV, community media development and education
Independent digital local channels
NorDig

LCN

DVB name Owner/parent company Launch H.222

Transport

Availability
PAL-G DVB 64-QAM IPTV
40 SCTV VTV Group May 2011 local No Auckland JDA
only (ended Dec 2013)
No
Korean Christian programming
41 V1 VTV Group May 2011 local No Auckland JDA
only (ended Dec 2013)
No
SBS Korean movies
42 V2 VTV Group May 2011 local No Auckland JDA
only (ended Dec 2013)
No
Korean YTN news
43 K-POP VTV Group May 2011 local No Auckland JDA
only (ended Dec 2013)
No
Korean music
44 V4 VTV Group May 2011 local No Auckland JDA
only (ended Dec 2013)
No
Chinese state news CNC in English
45 V5 VTV Group May 2011 local No Auckland JDA
only (ended Dec 2013)
No
Japanese state news NHK World in English
46 V6 VTV Group May 2011 local No Auckland JDA
only (ended Dec 2013)
No
Korean state news Arirang TV in English
48 Television Hawkes Bay Sawyer Television Limited 1994 local Napier
Hastings ended
30 Sep 2012
Napier
Hastings
only
No
Tourist information
Mainland Television Media-7 1992 local Nelson ended
28 Apr 2013
Nelson
only
No
Rebroadcasts BBC World, Al Jazeera, DW TV, CCTV, VOA and locally produced news
45 South TV local Oamaru ended
28 Apr 2013
Oamaru
only
No
Broadcasts 98% local content. Community station run by volunteers. Rebroadcasts TV3, Sommet Sports & Cue Television.
Other local channels
Name Owner/parent company Launch Availability
PAL-G IPTV
Juice TV Juicetv.com Ltd 1994 Auckland ended 2012 No
Privately owned music TV channel
FaceTV Triangle Community Television Limited 1 Aug 1998 Auckland ended
1 Dec 2013
live unicast
ended Nov 2013
Public service and access programming in various languages
Big TV Waikato University Hamilton ended December 2013 No
Campus station
Wellspring TV Wellspring TV Ltd 7 Oct 2007 Taupo ended
1 Dec 2013
No
Christian Programming
Tararua TV Tararua TV Trust Tararua District ended
29 Sep 2013
No
Christian and family safe programmes
Visitor TV Christchurch ended
22 Feb 2011
No
Tourist information (Off-air until further notice due to 2011 Christchurch earthquake)
VTV (started off as Voice TV and arirang) Christchurch ended
28 Apr 2013
No
Broadcasts recorded Asian programmes' from arirang, SBS and mapTV.
Freeview high priority nationwide audio only channels
NorDig

LCN

DVB name Owner/parent company Launch H.222

Transport

Availability
Terrestrial Satellite DVB IPTV
FM/AM DVB 64-QAM Avalon FTA Sky FTA
50 Radio NZ National Radio New Zealand (govt.) 1925 MediaWorks
Kordia
Sky
Yes Kordia metro
only
Yes Yes live unicast
News/talk-back
51 Radio NZ Concert Radio New Zealand (govt.) N/A MediaWorks
Kordia
Sky
Yes Kordia metro
only
Yes Yes live unicast
New Zealand's only commercial free classical music channel.
Freeview/Sky low priority nationwide audio only channels
NorDig

LCN

DVB name Owner/parent company Launch H.222

Transport

Availability
Terrestrial Satellite DVB IPTV
FM DVB 64-QAM Avalon FTA Sky FTA
70 GeorgeFM MediaWorks NZ (corp.) 1998 MediaWorks Yes No Yes No live unicast
Dance music station started off in Auckland only, sold off to Canadian and, later, Australian interests.
71 BaseFM MediaWorks NZ (corp.) 2008 Kordia LPFM, Leigh-Matakana area. Kordia metro
only
Yes No live unicast
hip hop music station that split from George FM.
The Edge MediaWorks NZ (corp.) 1994 Sky Yes No No Yes live unicast
Urban and contemporary music station started off in Hamilton only, sold off to Canadian and, later, Australian interests.
Niu FM Pacific Island immigrate targeted music and news. MediaWorks Yes No Yes No live unicast
National Pacific Radio Trust

Foreign satellite channels[edit]

The following is a list of free-to-air DVB satellite services[3] available in New Zealand. Most New Zealand homes already have a standard 60 cm satellite dish fitted which can pick up most of these channels, as these are also used (ore have been used in the past) to pick up free-to-air and pay New Zealand television channels from Optus D1 (and historically, Optus B1). A frequency scanning (aka blind-scan) capable set-top box can be used to locate other services.

Name Description Frequency @ Pulse rate
LNB IEEE band polarization
Optus D1 for 60 cm dish or greater
9 Network feed for STW backhaul 12383 MHz @ 3.75 MBd
Ku linear vertical
7 Network SNG 1 backhaul 12635 MHz @ 7.2 MBd
Ku linear vertical
7 Network SNG 2 backhaul 12644 MHz @ 7.2 MBd
Ku linear vertical
7 Network SNG 3 backhaul 12653 MHz @ 7.2 MBd
Ku linear vertical
9 Network SNG 1 backhaul 12407 MHz @ 6.111 MBd
Ku linear vertical
9 Network SNG 2 backhaul 12421 MHz @ 6.111 MBd
Ku linear vertical
9 Network SNG 3 backhaul 12431 MHz @ 6.111 MBd
Ku linear vertical
Optus C1 for 60 cm dish or greater
Australian terrestrial
VHF back-up
backhaul 12407 MHz @ 24.45 MBd
Ku linear vertical
Intelsat 19 for 100  cm dish or greater
NHK World News TV 1080i state-owned English service
4060 MHz @ 26.59 MBd
C linear horizontal
576i state-owned English service
Optus D2 for 60 cm dish or greater
Tele Padre Pio Catholic Italian service 12396 MHz @ 22.5 MBd
Ku linear horizontal
Telepace Catholic Italian/English service 12425 MHz @ 22.5 MBd
Ku linear horizontal
Al Hayat Arabic service 12519 MHz @ 22.5 MBd
Ku linear vertical
AON Religious English service
channel newsasia state-owned English service 12545 MHz @ 22.5 MBd
Ku linear vertical
Al Iraqiya Arabic service
Salaam Arabic service
3ABN Religious English service
TVRI state-owned Indonesian service 12.608 GHz @ 22.5 MBd
Ku linear horizontal
Kurdistan TV Kurdish service
BVN state-owned Dutch service 12644 MHz @ 22.5 MBd
Ku linear vertical
TRT state-owned Turkish service
JCTV Religious English service
TBN Religious English service
Church TV Religious English service
Smile of a Child Religious English service
God TV Religious English service
Daystar Religious English service
Inspiration Religious English service
EWTN Religious English service
Al Forat Arabic service 12706 MHz @ 22.5 MBd
Ku linear vertical
Press TV English service
CGNTV Religious English service
Hope TV Religious English service
Aghapy TV Religious English service
Russia Today state-owned English service 12734 MHz @ 22.5 MBd
Ku linear vertical
TV3 state-owned Malaysian service
MediaCorp 8i Singaporean-Chinese service
ERT state-owned Greek service
Kurdsat Kurdish service
TVR International Romanian service
Duna Hungarian service
Abu Dhabi TV Arabic service
Oman TV Arabic service
AsiaSat 4 for 90 cm dish or greater
DaAi TV Taiwanese service 12430 MHz @ 20 MBd
Ku linear vertical
Intelsat 19 for 90 cm dish or greater
Arirang state-owned English/Korean service 13557 MHz @ 13.333 MBd
Ku linear horizontal
NSS-9
BYU TV Mormon Multilingual service 4185 MHz @ 6.527 MBd
2m dish or greater
C right hand circular
RFO Wallis & Futuna French service 3922 MHz @ 2.895 MBd
1m dish or greater
C right hand circular
Historical discontinued services
Name Description Frequency @ Pulse rate
LNB IEEE band polarization
Optus D1 for 60 cm dish or greater
Southern Cross 10 regional backup 12635 MHz @ 5.1 MBd
Ku linear vertical
Tasmanian SBS One state-owned English/Foreign service 12646 MHz @ 12.6 MBd
Ku linear vertical
Tasmanian SBS Two state-owned English/Foreign service
Tasmanian SBS HD simulcast service
Intelsat 5 for 90 cm dish or greater
BBC World News state-owned English service 4160 MHz @ 26.48 MBd
C linear horizontal
Iqraa Arabic 4.16 GHz @ 26.48 MBd
C linear horizontal
Intelsat 8
Australia Network state-owned English service 4.1 GHz @ 26.48 MBd
180 cm dish or greater
C linear horizontal
MAC TV Taiwanese service 12504 MHz @ 3.073 MBd
90 cm dish or greater
Ku linear vertical

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Analogue TV switched off". Radio New Zealand. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "TVNZ shuts down youth channel". The New Zealand Herald. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Optus D1 at 160.0°E - LyngSat:

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