Freeview approaches 200,000 mark

Freeview, the free to air digital television and radio platform, today released the latest
quarter of retail figures for digital receiver sales.

At the end of 2008, 198,938 receivers had been sold, with an additional 38,442 sold
during the three months ending 31st December. This equates to an estimated 12.6% of
New Zealand homes now enjoying free-to-air digital television via Freeview’s crystal clear
satellite and HD terrestrial services. The Freeview|HDTM service, which launched in April
2008, is growing rapidly with 53,522 HD capable receivers sold including over 13,000 in
December alone.

“The feedback we’re getting from retailers around the country is that Kiwis are
increasingly attracted to the sort of priceless entertainment that Freeview provides,
courtesy of a one-off cost and no monthly subscription,” says Steve Browning, General
Manager, Freeview.

“And we know from recent reports that New Zealanders spent more time than ever
before watching television last year – an average of three hours and eight minutes a
day. This is the highest level of television viewership achieved in New Zealand since
records began and people clearly want to watch a quality digital picture. We are also
benefiting from the high demand for TVs with Freeview|HD built-in, and the launch of the
MyFreeview|HDTM service also contributed to the excellent December sales.

The Freeview|HDTM service now has eleven TV and three radio services, while the
Freeview Satellite service features twelve TV and four radio services.

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