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'New Look' TVNZ Teletext Service Launches

25 May, 2006

'New Look' TVNZ Teletext Service Launches

When viewers press the text button on their TV remote they can expect to see significant changes to TVNZ's Teletext service. All the usual content will still be there but has been repackaged into a new format and design that is easier and quicker to navigate.

The enhanced system, now known as TVNZ Teletext comes after months of systems development, which includes new hardware and software. The new software has allowed clever use of the service's content including the 'grouping' of data, and new functions and features such as On The Box - an area dedicated to TV listings, where viewers can find detailed synopses of their favourite up-and-coming programmes.

Sports content will be captured into one easily identifiable area, and weather - now referred to as Your Town - incorporates daily forecasts, tides information and marine forecasts for your local centre - all on one page.

A former feature, Newsreel, has been reintroduced. Viewers can visit the Newsreel pages and watch slideshows of national and international news.

TVNZ Teletext is a free news and information service produced by TVNZ for TV ONE, TV2 as well as TV3. The service is broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via VHF, Satellite and Cable, to everyone who has a TVNZ Teletext television.

Teletext was first screened on New Zealand television in 1984 from proceeds raised at the 1981 Telethon. Since then the service has grown from a vital service for the deaf and hearing impaired to a more general service, with approximately 1.3 million viewers.

"We are delighted to launch the enhanced service", says Tony Quarmby TVNZ interactive brand manager. "The combination of new technologies has ensured that viewers can get the maximum from the service, in the fastest and most efficient way."

Other TVNZ Teletext features include: business and financial news, national and international flight information, Lotto and TAB information and results.

For further information on TVNZ Teletext and for information on how to navigate the enhanced service, log on to: tvnz.co.nz, keyword: teletext

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