Info for Broadcasters & Channel Providers

Getting your spot on screen
At Freeview we don't make the programmes – we just deliver them on screen. In fact there are a lot of different people who set up channels to show on Freeview… and if you wanted you could be one of them – just get in contact with us.

Freeview offers viewers Live TV, On Demand and Record options.

Live TV is currently delivered using MHEG via 'over the air' transmission via Satellite (Direct-To-Home or DTH transmission) and UHF (Ultra High Frequency Digital Terrestrial Transmission, or DTT).

Broadcasters are free to choose whether to broadcast via Satellite or via UHF, or both. This is why channels can differ between the two transmission networks.

  • UHF or DTT coverage is available to 86% of New Zealand homes and as a broadcaster, you can choose to target specific regions, such as Auckland, Wellington, Southland etc. There're currently 30 TV and 3 radio stations broadcasting via UHF.
  • Satellite or DTH coverage is available to 100% of New Zealand homes.  Because satellite transmission goes out to the whole of New Zealand, as a broadcaster you can't easily target certain regions and so satellite transmission is more suitable for nationwide broadcasts.  There're currently 19 TV and 4 radio stations broadcasting via satellite.

On Demand is delivered using the HbbTV platform via a combination of IP and 'over the air' transmission, or on selected Smart TVs via IP only.

Record feature allows viewers with Freeview Recorders to record and save programmes on Live TV.

If you're a broadcaster or content provider with an interest to reach New Zealanders through either Live TV or On Demand content, please contact us.