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 on terrestrial DVB 64-QAM and only available for the first three channels. All other TV channels are standard-definition 576i anamorphic widescreen.
  • 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+ withADSL 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.
  • Metro means Kordia owned sites only in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Napier/Hastings, Palmerston North, the Wellington metropolitan area (including Kapiti), Christchurch and Dunedin.
  • The PAL-B&G (analogue) television switch off was completed on 1 December 2013. AM and FM radio is unaffected.
  • A grey box in the PAL-B&G column means the area(s) where the channel broadcasts has completed digital television transition.
  • A grey box in the 64-QAM column means the channel(s) is temporarily off-air.
  • 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 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.
Name Owner Launch Description Availability
Terrestrial Satellite DVB IPTV
PAL-B&G/FM/AM DVB 64-QAM AvalonFTA Sky FTA
Freeview high priority/bit rate nationwide channels
TV ONE TVNZ (govt.) 1 Jun 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. ended 1 Dec 2013 1080i 576i No primetime/sports

on-demand SD

TV2 1 Jun 1975 Youth focused channel, named South Pacific Television from 1976 to 1980. ended 1 Dec 2013 1080i 576i 576i primetime/cartoons

on-demand SD

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

on-demand SD

FOUR 1997 Youth focused channel launched as 4 in 1997, became music videoC4 in 2003, reverted in 2008, renamed to FOUR in 2011. ended 1 Dec 2013 Yes Yes No primetime

on-demand

Māori Television Māori Television Service (govt.) 28 Mar 2004 Government funded content in Māori and English ended 1 Dec 2013 Yes Yes No primetime

on-demand

TV One Plus 1 TVNZ (govt.) 1 Jul 2012 TV One hour delayed replaced TVNZ 7 No Yes Yes Yes on-demand
TV2 +1 1 Sep 2013 TV2 hour delayed, replaced TVNZ U[1] No Yes Yes Yes on-demand
TV3 Plus 1 MediaWorks NZ(corp.) 30 Mar 2009 TV3 hour delayed No Yes Yes No on-demand
C4 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 Aug 1998 Started off as an Australian-owned network of regional stations before being sold to Sky TV in 2006 ended 1 Dec 2013 Yes changed frequency Yes primetime

pay TV only

Trackside New Zealand Racing Board(govt.) 1992 Horse and dog racing ended 2012 until 14 April 2014 No until 14 April 2014 No
ChoiceTV Top TV Limited 28 Apr 2012 Mainly life style content with some other entertainment. No Yes Yes No limited

on-demand

Sommet Sports 18 Jul 2013 Lower cost sporting coverage No Yes No No No
The Shopping Channel The Shopping Channel Ltd. 1 Oct 2012 24 hour product demonstrations No Yes No No live unicast
Al Jazeera Al Jazeera Media Network 25 Oct 2013 Foreign news service No Yes No No live unicast
Freeview low priority/bit rate nationwide channels
TVSN Direct Group Pty Ltd 20 Aug 2013 24 hour product demonstrations from Australian feed with New Zealand details No Kordia Metro

only

No No AU live unicast
Yes Shop KD Media Inc 4 Nov 2013 24 hour product demonstrations No Kordia Metro

only

No No No
Parliament TV Kordia(distributor, govt.) 9 Oct 2007 Live and replayed coverage of the New Zealand parliamentary sessions No Kordia Metro

only

Yes No live unicast
Te Reo Māori Television Service (govt.) 2008 Government funded content in 100% Māori. No Yes Yes No primetime on-demand
Firstlight Firstlight Charitable Trust 17 Sept 2012 Family safe Christian Programming No Yes No No live unicast
CTV8 World TV Ltd(corp.) 13 Aug 2007 Imported Mandarin and Cantonese entertainment and news Auckland ended

1 Dec 2013

Kordia Metro

only

No No No
TV9 1 Feb 2012 Local and international Chinese programming in English No off-air No No No
Shine TV Rhema Broadcasting Group (corp.) 1 Dec 2002 Christian programming No Auckland JDA

only (returns Feb 2014)

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

5 May 2013

Southland JDA

only

Yes No No
Freeview Kordia local channels
TV33 Local and international Chinese programming No Auckland No No No
tvCentral Television Media Group Family safe programming Waikato/BOPended

1 Dec 2013

Waikato/BOP No No No
CTV Canterbury Television Allied Press Sep 1991 Regional programming as well as Al Jazeera, DW TV, etc. Christchurchended

28 Apr 2013

Christchurch No No limited

on-demand

39 Dunedin Television Dunedin ended

28 Apr 2013

Dunedin No No No
Freeview JDA local channels
Channel North Television Northland TV Charitable Trust 1 Aug 2008 local community TV, community media development and education Whangareiended

1 Dec 2013

Whangarei No No live unicast
TV Rotorua Television Media Group Family safe programming Rotorua ended

1 Dec 2013

Rotorua No No No
Geyser Television Tourist information Rotorua ended

1 Dec 2013

Rotorua No No No
CTV Canterbury Television Allied Press Sep 1991 Regional programming as well as Al Jazeera, DW TV, etc. Timaru ended

28 Apr 2013

Timaru No No limited

on-demand

East Coast TV East Coast Television Trust Dec 2013 Regional programming No Gisborne No No live unicast
Independent digital local channels
SCTV VTV Group May 2011 Korean Christian programming No Auckland JDA

only (returns Feb 2014)

No No No
SBS Korean movies No Auckland JDA

only (returns Feb 2014)

No No No
YTN Korean news No Auckland JDA

only (returns Feb 2014)

No No No
K-POP Korean music No Auckland JDA

only (returns Feb 2014)

No No No
CNC Chinese state news in English No Auckland JDA

only (returns Feb 2014)

No No No
NHK World Japanese state news in English No Auckland JDA

only (returns Feb 2014)

No No No
Arirang TV Korean state news in English No Auckland JDA

only (returns Feb 2014)

No No No
Television Hawkes Bay Sawyer Television Limited 1994 Tourist information Napier

Hastings ended

30 Sep 2012

Napier

Hastings

only

No No No
Tararua TV Tararua TV Trust Christian and family safe programmes Pahiatua ended

29 Sep 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

only

No No No
45 South TV Broadcasts 98% local content. Community station run by volunteers. Oamaru ended

28 Apr 2013

Oamaru

only

No No No
Other local channels
Juice TV Juicetv.com Ltd 1994 Privately owned music TV channel Aucklandended 2012 No No No No
FaceTV Triangle Community Television Limited 1 Aug 1998 Public service and access programming in various languages Aucklandended

1 Dec 2013

No No No live unicast

ended Nov 2013

Big TV Waikato University Campus station Hamilton ended December 2013 No No No No
Wellspring TV Wellspring TV Ltd 7th Oct 2007 Christian Programming Taupo ended

1 Dec 2013

No No No No
Visitor TV Tourist information (currently off air due to 2011 Christchurch earthquake) Christchurchended

28 Apr 2013

No No No No
VTV (started off as Voice TV and arirang) Broadcasts recorded Asian programmes’ from arirang, SBS and mapTV. Christchurchended

28 Apr 2013

No No No No
Freeview high priority nationwide audio only channels
Radio New Zealand National Radio New Zealand (govt.) 1925 News/talk-back Yes Kordia metro

only

Yes Yes live unicast
Radio New Zealand Concert N/A New Zealand’s only commercial free classical music channel. Yes Kordia metro

only

Yes Yes live unicast
Freeview low priority nationwide audio only channels
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 2008 hip hop music station that split from George FM. Yes Kordia metro

only

No No live unicast

Foreign satellite channels

The following is a list of free-to-air DVB satellite services 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

Credit: Wikipedia

February 17, 2014/ by / in

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