Freeview HD competing well with Sky

New Zealandís free-to-air high-definition TV platform, Freeview HD, has reportedly pulled ahead of its pay-TV rival Sky Televisionís satellite-delivered HD service.

Freeview HD, a DTT service and sister platform to Freeview, a satellite-delivered free-to-air bouquet, has reportedly finished 2008 with sales of 52,522 DTT HD receivers, after launch in April 2008.

That compares with around 50,000 for the MySky HDi service, which NZís National Business Review reports has 50,000 subs. The company is targeting breakeven for the service at 80,000 subs, which it says it ahead of target to reach by the end of June.

Freeview NZ now has a total of 198,938 boxes sold across both its platforms, equal to just under 13% of homes. In the last quarter of 2008, 38,442 receivers were sold.

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