World TV eyes free-to-air expansion in New Zealand

Louise Duffy | 26-11-2012

In New Zealand, Chinese businessman Henry Ho has bought capacity for up to 10 more free-to-air nationwide channels.

According to the New Zealand Herald, Ho's company World TV recently bought rights to an unused frequency owned by the New Zealand Racing Board, making him a "multiplex operator".

World TV is in talks with other commercial parties to run channels in the first quarter of next year.

"I don't think we'll get 10 but if it is three or four we would be breaking even," Ho said.

World TV operates 10 premium subscriber channels for Asian viewers on the Sky TV platform (seven in Chinese languages, two Korean and one Japanese) and two free channels on Freeview - CTV10 and TV9.