Since launching in May digital television and radio platform Freeview has announced a compelling range of new services, including TVNZ Kidzone, Family, and Showcase plus Triangle Stratos.
The latest is Parliament TV, which will include live broadcasts of all sessions from the House of Representatives including question time, legislative debates, matters of urgency and extended coverage if the House sits outside of regular hours.
This will be broadcast live giving viewers the opportunity to see the vigorous debate that is the hallmark of a healthy Parliamentary democracy. “We have made the feeds of live coverage from the debating chamber available to all broadcasters but have always wanted as many viewers as possible to see the full, unedited debates. Freeview will enable us to do that, ” the Speaker, Hon Margaret Wilson, said.
Steve Browning, Freeview’s General Manger, says “We’re delighted that Parliament TV has chosen to launch its service on Freeview and complement our existing services of TVONE, TV2, TV3, C4, Maori Television, Radio NZ National and Concert, and TVNZ Sport Extra. This takes Freeview’s digital television offering to a total of eleven services.”
“Freeview is offering Kiwis a high quality range of programme choices for the one-off cost of a set-top-box. So it is shaping up as an increasingly attractive offer, evidenced by the 41,000 households who have already chosen free-to-air digital satellite reception,” he adds.