Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

TVNZ'S Digital Plans Remain Unchanged

TVNZ'S Digital Plans Remain Unchanged By Telstrasaturn Announcement

The decision by TelstraSaturn to postpone the launch of its satellite digital pay television service as reported in this morning's New Zealand Herald caught TVNZ by surprise.

TVNZ Chief Executive Rick Ellis met with TelstraSaturn CEO Jack Matthews this morning to discuss the implications of this decision. TelstraSaturn has reaffirmed its commitment to provide the necessary infrastructure to allow TVNZ to launch its free to air digital service at some time in the future.

Mr Ellis stated that TVNZ's contract with TelstraSaturn is about sharing infrastructure. This infrastructure now exists and is operational.

"Some of this morning's media reports incorrectly state that TelstraSaturn's proposed launch of its pay television service was a joint venture with TVNZ," said Mr Ellis. "This is not the case. TVNZ has no plans to enter the pay television market.

"The joint venture between TVNZ and TelstraSaturn, referred to in April at the time the agreements were signed between the two companies provides for us to share resources for the development of interactive digital content. This opportunity remains unchanged by TelstraSaturn's announcement.

"TVNZ's objective is and remains to bring a genuine digital free to air digital television service to all New Zealanders. We have always stated that we will ultimately be on multiple platforms as they develop in New Zealand, and as open access agreements are reached.

"TelstraSaturn and TVNZ have always said they wish to have an open access deal with Sky.

"It is important to note that TelstraSaturn's announcement does not impact on TVNZ's ability to launch a digital free to air service," said Mr Ellis.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Manawatu-Whanganui Projects: PGF Top-Up To Rural Broadband Roll-Out

The government has effectively raided the $3 billion Provincial Growth Fund to top up the budget for the second phase of its rural broadband initiative, filling in mobile 'black spots' and ensuring broadband is available to marae that don't have access now. More>>

ALSO:

Other Windy Cities: Auckland-Chicago Named A Top 10 ‘Most Exciting’ New Route

The inclusion of Auckland-Chicago on Lonely Planet’s Where to fly in 2019? The 10 most exciting new flight routes list comes just two weeks before Air New Zealand prepares to celebrate its inaugural flight to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on 30 November. More>>

Deadly Strain: ESR Ups Its Reporting On Meningococcal Disease

The increasing number of cases of Group W Meningococcal disease (MenW) has prompted ESR to increase its reporting on the disease to the Ministry of Health. ESR has upped its reporting to weekly. More>>

ALSO:

Very Small Things: "Game-Changing" 3D Printing Technology Launched

New Zealand microfabrication researchers Andrea Bubendorfer and Andrew Best, the co-inventors of a new way of fabricating very small things with Laminated Resin Printing (LRP), are part of Callaghan Innovation’s MicroMaker3D team launching the new patent pending technology in the US this week. More>>

ALSO: