New Zealand extends free-to-air digital HDTV coverage

Louise Duffy | 28-03-2011

Free-to-air HD digital TV will be available by UHF aerial to an extra 160,000 homes in New Zealand in time for the Rugby World Cup in September 2011, according to the country's broadcasting minister Jonathan Coleman.

The government is extending the existing digital terrestrial TV service to Whangarei, Rotorua, Gisborne, Taupo, New Plymouth, Whanganui, Wairarapa, Nelson, Timaru and Invercargill.

The decision means over 86% of the population will be able to receive the HD TV signal using a UHF aerial, up from the present 75%.

"The government's investment will make it even easier for more New Zealanders to enjoy the benefits of free-to-air high definition digital television including enhanced reception, better picture quality and more channels," said Coleman.