List of free-to-air channels in New Zealand

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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 is only free-to-air on terrestrial 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 Notes 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 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. TVNZ (govt.) 1 Jun 1960 TVNZ ended 1 Dec 2013 1080i 576i No primetime/sports
on-demand SD
2 TV2 Youth focused channel, named South Pacific Television from 1976 to 1980. 1 Jun 1975 TVNZ

Sky

ended 1 Dec 2013 1080i 576i 576i primetime/cartoons
on-demand SD
3 TV3 Started off as NZ's first private TV network, sold off to Canadian and, later, Australian interests. Currently in receivership MediaWorks NZ (corp.) 26 Nov 1989 MediaWorks

Sky

ended 1 Dec 2013 1080i 576i 576i primetime
on-demand SD
4 FOUR Youth focused channel launched as 4 in 1997, became music video C4 in 2003, reverted in 2008, renamed to FOUR in 2011. 29 Jun 1997 MediaWorks ended 1 Dec 2013 Yes Yes No primetime
on-demand
5 Māori Television Government funded content in Māori and English Māori Television Service (govt.) 28 Mar 2004 TVNZ

Kordia

ended 1 Dec 2013 Yes Yes No primetime
on-demand
6 TV One plus 1 TV One hour delayed replaced TVNZ 7 TVNZ (govt.) 1 Jul 2012 TVNZ No Yes Yes No on-demand
7 TV2+1 TV2 hour delayed, replaced TVNZ U[2] 1 Sep 2013 No Yes Yes No on-demand
8 TV3 PLUS1 TV3 hour delayed MediaWorks NZ (corp.) 30 Mar 2009 MediaWorks No Yes Yes No on-demand
9 C4 Music videos started in 2010 called C4 2 as digital only jukebox version of FOUR's previous C4 channel. 20 May 2010 MediaWorks

Sky

No Yes No Yes No
10 PRIME Started off as an Australian-owned network of regional stations before being sold to Sky TV in 2006 SKY Network Television (corp.) 30 Aug 1998 Kordia

Sky

ended 1 Dec 2013 Yes changed frequency Yes primetime
pay TV only
11 Trackside Horse and dog racing New Zealand Racing Board (govt.) Nov 1992 Kordia

Sky

ended 2012 ended 14 April 2014 No ended 14 April 2014 No
12 ChoiceTV

Choice TV

Mainly life style content with some other entertainment. Top TV Limited 28 Apr 2012 Kordia

MediaWorks

No Yes Yes No limited
on-demand
14 Sommet Sports Lower cost sporting coverage 18 Jul 2013 No Yes Yes No No
16 Al Jazeera Foreign news service Al Jazeera Media Network 25 Oct 2013 MediaWorks No Yes No No live unicast
18 The Shopping Channel 24 hour product demonstrations The Shopping Channel Ltd. 1 Oct 2012 No Yes No No live unicast
Freeview lower viewership nationwide channels
NorDig

LCN

DVB name Notes Owner/parent company Launch H.222

Transport

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

Parliament

Live and replayed coverage of the New Zealand parliamentary sessions Kordia (distributor, govt.) 9 Oct 2007 Kordia

MediaWorks

No Kordia Metro
only
Yes No live unicast
23 CUE Mainly distance learning, local news and sport, formerly Mercury Television and later Southland TV. Mercury TV Ltd. (corp.) 1996 MediaWorks

Kordia

Southland ended
5 May 2013
Southland JDA
only
Yes No No
24 Te Reo Government funded content in 100% Māori. Māori Television Service (govt.) 2008 MediaWorks No Yes Yes No primetime on-demand
25 Shine TV Christian programming Rhema Broadcasting Group (corp.) 1 Dec 2002 No Auckland JDA
only (ended Dec 2013)
Yes No live unicast
26 Firstlight Family safe Christian Programming Firstlight Charitable Trust 17 Sept 2012 Kordia No Yes No No live unicast
28 ChineseTV Imported Mandarin and Cantonese entertainment and news World TV Ltd (corp.) 13 Aug 2007 Auckland ended
1 Dec 2013
Kordia Metro
only
No No No
29 TV9 Local and international Chinese programming in English 1 Feb 2012 No off-air No No No
36 Apna Television International Hindu programming in Hindi Golam Moinuddin (private) 25 Mar 2014 No Kordia Metro
only
No No selected on-demand
Freeview Kordia limited viewership local channels
NorDig

LCN

DVB name Notes Owner/parent company Launch H.222

Transport

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

LCN

DVB name Notes Owner/parent company Launch H.222

Transport

Availability
PAL-G DVB 64-QAM IPTV
31 TV Rotorua Family safe programming Television Media Group 22 July 2006 Kordia Rotorua ended
1 Dec 2013
Rotorua No
32 Info-Rotorua Tourist information 1991 Rotorua ended
1 Dec 2013
Rotorua No
34 East Coast TV Regional programming East Coast Television Trust Dec 2013 No Gisborne live unicast
35 Channel North local community TV, community media development and education Northland TV Charitable Trust 1 Aug 2008 Whangarei ended
1 Dec 2013
Whangarei live unicast
40 Canterbury TV Regional programming as well as Al Jazeera, DW TV, etc. Allied Press Sep 1991 Timaru ended
28 Apr 2013
Timaru limited
on-demand
Independent digital local channels
NorDig

LCN

DVB name Notes Owner/parent company Launch H.222

Transport

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

LCN

DVB name Notes 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 News/talk-back Radio New Zealand (govt.) 1925 MediaWorks
Kordia
Sky
Yes Kordia metro
only
Yes Yes live unicast
51 Radio NZ Concert New Zealand's only commercial free classical music channel. N/A Yes Kordia metro
only
Yes Yes live unicast
Freeview/Sky low priority nationwide audio only channels
NorDig

LCN

DVB name Notes Owner/parent company Launch H.222

Transport

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

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 12644 MHz @ 7.2 MBd
Ku linear vertical
7 Network SNG 2 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
Southern Cross 10 regional backup 12635 MHz @ 5.1 MBd
Ku linear vertical
Intelsat 19 for 100  cm dish or greater
NHK World News Television 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
Supreme Master TV Religious English service
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
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
IRQAA 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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