TVNZ Sport Extra

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TVNZ Sport Extra
Launched June 2007 (Possible relaunch following conjunction of selected major sporting events covered by TVNZ in the future)
Closed 1 August 2009[1]
Owned by TVNZ
Picture format 576i 16:9 (SDTV)
Country New Zealand
Formerly called Colloquially: 'V8's Channel'
Sister channel(s) TV One, TV2, TVNZ 6, TVNZ 7, TVNZ Heartland
Website Official Site
Freeview|HD Channel 020

TVNZ Sport Extra was a temporary sports television station in New Zealand, operated by TVNZ. Broadcasting on channel 20 on Freeview, it showed live and delayed free-to-air coverage of selected events. Eric Kearley, TVNZ's Digital Launch Manager, has stated there was no further plans for this channel until the 2008 Summer Olympics.


Sport Extra had originally launched to show the V8 Supercars Series live. TVNZ however lost the rights to this at the end of the 2007 season to TV3.




Channel Future[edit]

The broadcast of TVNZ Sport Extra was terminated on NZST 10:00pm, 1 August 2009 to allow for increased capacity across other TVNZ digital channels, however the 2009 global recession has been blamed for the lack of resources maintained by TVNZ. The transmission of TVNZ Sport Extra will be reinstated in conjunction with major sporting events which will be covered by TVNZ in the future. Subsequently, Freeview viewers will be advised in advance of TVNZ Sport Extra becoming operational again.[citation needed]

Sister Channels[edit]

TVNZ Sport Extra was one of the six channels owned and operated by TVNZ. It was also the only TVNZ channel available exclusively on the Freeview platform.