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List of free-to-air channels in New Zealand

List of free-to-air channels in New Zealand:

New Zealand broadcast channels

Notes
  • High-definition 1080i is only free-to-air terrestrial DVB 64-QAM and only available for the first three channels. All other TV channels are standard-definition 576i, although IPTV resolution may be lower depending on internet connection speed and quality (most New Zealanders use ADSL or ADSL2+), network traffic, and bit-rate selection.
  • Metro means Kordia owned sites only in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Napier/Hastings, Palmerston North, the Wellington metropolitan area (including Kapiti), Christchurch and Dunedin.
  • PAL-B&G (analogue) television has been switched off in the South island and the lower half of the North Island. It is still available in the Upper North Island until 1 December 2013. AM and FM radio is unaffected.
  • N/A or grey box in the terrestrial column means the area(s) where the channel broadcasts has completed digital television transition.
  • DVB 64-QAM terrestrial channels use ITU system G channel allocations within UHF television band IV and band V (up to 698 MHz only from 1 December 2013).
  • All New Zealand operated direct-broadcast satellite channels are from Optus D1 at 160.0°E, and can be received through a standard 60 cm dish. There are two main up-links - 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.
Name Owner Launch Description Availability
Terrestrial Satellite DVB IPTV
PAL-B&G/FM/AM DVB 64-QAM Avalon FTA Sky FTA
Freeview high priority/bit rate nationwide channels (1 to 20)
TV ONE TVNZ (govt.)
1 June 1960 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. until 1 December 2013 1080i 576i No primetime/sports on-demand SD
TV2 TVNZ (govt.) 1 June 1975 Youth focused channel, named South Pacific Television from 1976 to 1980. until 1 December 2013 1080i 576i 576i primetime/cartoons on-demand SD
TV3 MediaWorks NZ (corp.) 26 November 1989 Started off as NZ's first private TV network, sold off to Canadian and, later, Australian interests. Currently in receivership until 1 December 2013 1080i 576i 576i primetime on-demand SD
FOUR MediaWorks NZ (corp.) 1997 Youth focused channel launched as 4 in 1997, became music video C4 in 2003, reverted in 2008, renamed to FOUR in 2011. until 1 December 2013 Yes Yes No primetime on-demand
Māori Television Māori Television Service (govt.) 28 March 2004 Government funded content in Māori and English until 1 December 2013 Yes Yes No primetime on-demand
TV One Plus 1 TVNZ (govt.) 1 July 2012 TV One hour delayed replaced TVNZ 7 No Yes Yes Yes on-demand
TV2 +1 TVNZ (govt.) 1 September 2013 TV2 hour delayed, replaced TVNZ U[1] No Yes Yes Yes on-demand
TV3 Plus 1 MediaWorks NZ (corp.) 30 March 2009 TV3 hour delayed No Yes Yes No on-demand
C4 MediaWorks NZ (corp.) 20 May 2010 Music videos started in 2010 called C4 2 as digital only jukebox version of FOUR's previous C4 channel. No Yes No Yes No
Prime SKY Network Television (corp.) 30 August 1998 Started off as an Australian-owned network of regional stations before being sold to Sky TV in 2006 until 1 December 2013 Yes changed frequency Yes primetime pay TV only
Trackside New Zealand Racing Board (govt.) 1992 Horse and dog racing No Yes No Yes No
ChoiceTV Top TV Limited 28 April 2012 Mainly life style content with some other entertainment. No Yes Yes No limited on-demand
Sommet Sports 18 July 2013 Lower cost sporting coverage No Yes No No No
The Shopping Channel The Shopping Channel Ltd. 1 October 2012 24 hour product demonstrations No Yes No No live unicast
Al Jazeera Al Jazeera Media Network 25 October 2013 Foreign news service No Yes No No live unicast
TVSN Direct Group Pty Ltd 20 August 2013 24 hour product demonstrations from Australian feed with New Zealand details No Metro No No AU live unicast
Freeview low priority/bit rate nationwide channels (21 to 29)
Yes Shop KD Media Inc 4 November 2013 24 hour product demonstrations No Metro No No No
Parliament TV Kordia (distributor, govt.) 9 October 2007 Live and replayed coverage of the New Zealand parliamentary sessions No Metro Yes No live unicast
Te Reo Māori Television Service (govt.) 2008 Government funded content in 100% Māori. No Yes Yes No primetime on-demand
CTV8 World TV Ltd (corp.) 13 August 2007 Imported Mandarin and Cantonese entertainment and news Auckland Metro No No No
TV9 World TV (corp.) 1 February 2012 Local and international Chinese programming in English No off-air No No No
Shine TV Rhema Broadcasting Group (corp.) 1 December 2002 Christian programming No Auckland Yes No live unicast
CUE Mercury TV Ltd. (corp.) 1996 Mainly distance learning, local news and sport, formerly Mercury Television and later Southland TV. Southland ended 5 May 2013 Southland Yes No No
Freeview Kordia local (30 to 39) and independent local (40 to 49) channels
Channel North Television Northland TV Charitable Trust 1 August 2008 local community TV, community media development and education Whangarei until December 2013 Whangarei No No live unicast
Juice TV Juicetv.com Ltd 1994 Privately owned music TV channel Auckland until 2012 No No No No
FaceTV Triangle Community Television Limited 1 August 1998 Public service and access programming in various languages Auckland until December 2013 No No No live unicast
TV33 Local and international Chinese programming No Auckland No No No
SCTV VTV Group 2012 Korean Christian programming No Auckland No No No
SBS Korean movies No Auckland No No No
YTN Korean news No Auckland No No No
K-POP Korean music No Auckland No No No
CNC Chinese state news in English No Auckland No No No
NHK World Japanese state news in English No Auckland No No No
Arirang TV Korean state news in English No Auckland No No No
Big TV Waikato University Campus station Hamilton until December 2013 No No No No
tvCentral Television Media Group Family safe programming Waikato/Bay of Plenty until December 2013 Waikato/Bay of Plenty No No No
TV Rotorua Family safe programming Rotorua until December 2013 Rotorua No No No
Geyser Television Tourist information Rotorua until December 2013 Rotorua No No No
Channel 61 Sawyer Television Limited December 1996 Tourist information Taupo until December 2013 No No No No
Television Hawkes Bay 1994 Tourist information Napier/Hastings ended 30 Sep 2012 Napier/Hastings No No No
Tararua TV Christian and family safe programmes Pahiatua ended 29 September 2013 No No No No
Mainland Television Media-7 Rebroadcasts BBC World, Al Jazeera, DW TV, CCTV, VOA and locally produced news Nelson ended 28 Apr 2013 Nelson No No No
CTV Canterbury Television Allied Press September 1991 Regional programming as well as Al Jazeera, DW TV, etc. Christchurch ended 28 Apr 2013 Christchurch and Timaru No No limited on-demand
Visitor TV Tourist information (currently off air due to 2011 Christchurch earthquake) Christchurch ended 28 Apr 2013 No No No No
VTV (started off as Voice TV and arirang) Broadcasts recorded Asian programmes' from arirang, SBS and mapTV. Christchurch ended 28 Apr 2013 No No No No
45 South TV Broadcasts 98% local content. Community station run by volunteers. Oamaru ended 28 Apr 2013 Oamaru No No No
39 Dunedin Television Dunedin ended 28 Apr 2013 Dunedin No No No
Freeview high priority nationwide audio only channels (50 to 69)
Radio New Zealand National Radio New Zealand (govt.) 1925 News/talk-back Yes Metro Yes Yes live unicast
Radio New Zealand Concert Radio New Zealand (govt.) N/A New Zealand's only commercial free classical music channel. Yes Metro Yes Yes live unicast
Freeview low priority nationwide audio only channels (70 to 79)
George FM MediaWorks NZ (corp.) 1998 Dance music station started off in Auckland only, sold off to Canadian and, later, Australian interests. Yes No Yes No live unicast
Base FM MediaWorks NZ (corp.) 2008 hip hop music station that split from George FM. Yes Metro No No live unicast

Foreign satellite channels

The following is a list of free-to-air DVB satellite services[2] 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
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
NHK World News Television state-owned English service 12545 MHz @ 22.5 MBd
Ku linear vertical
Al Iraqiya Arabic service
Salaam Arabic service
3ABN Religious English service
RCTI 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
Trinity 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 TV Channel 5 English 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

References

External links

  • TV transmitter details: click on area then transmitter symbol
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