Freeview touts progress after first six months

62,000 homes now receive Freeview service

Freeview says more than 21,000 satellite receivers for its new digital TV platform have been bought in the last three months, taking the total number of households receiving Freeview to 62,000.

That represents 4% of NZ homes, the company says. the take-up is comparable to that of leading digital TV markets overseas.

Steve Browning, general manager of Freeview, says this illustrates that Kiwis are embracing digital quality reception.

“In reaching 150,000 New Zealanders we continue to track well ahead of forecast as we move into the Christmas buying period where Freeview is a great gift. It’s nice to be able to buy something for a friend or family member that delivers so much entertainment with no ongoing cost attached,” he says.

Browning says the Freeview channel offering is growing and now includes nine television and two radio services. The addition of TVNZ6 (Kidzone, Family and Showcase), Stratos, and Parliament TV have further enhanced viewing options in Freeview homes.

"We remain on target to achieve our aim of providing 12–15 television services by the end of next year,” he adds.

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