Sales of receivers to access the New Zealand version of free-to-air digital platform Freeview remain healthy, with digital-terrestrial service Freevew HD quickly approaching its longer-established satellite sister version.
For the last three months of 2009, Freeview satellite homes rose 11,791 to 189,708. Freeview HD homes rose 42,354 to reach 156,408. Together, the two versions of the platform are now available in 346,116 homes, 21.6% of New Zealand homes.
Freeview HD figures are being buoyed by integrated digital TV sales.
“These impressive quarterly figures, our best ever, indicate that New Zealanders are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of moving their viewing from analogue TV to Freeview-enabled digital TV,” said Sam Irvine, Freeview General Manager.
Irvine added that Freeview would add a new channel, Christian channel Shine TV, on April 1. The channel, already broadcast on rival platforms Sky Digital and TelstraClear, will join the satellite version of the platform.