The Changing Landscape of Digital TV

Cue LogoAs we approach the end of the year we see yet more major changes for viewers of Digital TV here in New Zealand. First up CUE TV joined freeview on Thursday 29th November. A key feature of their schedule is education programming from the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT).

Then at the weekend the NZ Herald featured an article by Chris Barton on some additional satellite services currently available, or shortly to be launched into New Zealand. Of particular interest was the availability of three Australian channels via the Optus D1 satellite.

Lastly is the news that DTT (Digital Terrestrial TV) tests have now started in most major cities. The Wellington and Christchurch tests have been running for several weeks, and the Auckland tests started last Thursday. This service is expected to bring HDTV to New Zealand consumers. OpenMedia has started a series at http://mythtv.co.nz on the DTT tests and support for NZ MythTV and Linux users.