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Test Signal Up and Running for Triangle Television

Test Signal Up and Running for Triangle Television Wellington

From today [Wednesday August 16], television viewers in the Greater Wellington region can tune their sets in readiness for the capital's new regional television station, Triangle Television Wellington.

The free-to-air channel, which is poised to begin 24-hour-a-day broadcasting to the capital, has a test signal now on screen as well as information for prospective programme providers and a tantalising preview of some of the programmes scheduled in the station's starting line-ups. The first schedule of programmes is due to be published next week on the Triangle Television Wellington web site www.tritvwellington.co.nz as well as in the TV Guide.

Triangle Television Chief Executive Officer Jim Blackman says: "After two years' hard work, we are on the brink of full-time broadcasting to Wellington – and, judging from the response we've had so far, Wellington viewers are eagerly awaiting the commencement of their own regional television station. Our programme mix will be genuinely different from mainstream television – shows specific to the region will be coupled with programmes that have an international perspective on major world events and developments, as well as plenty of shows featuring entertainment, business, science, health and a wide range of other topics."

The test signal is available in the areas where Triangle Television Wellington will broadcast to – that is, most of the Greater Wellington region and parts of Blenheim and Marlborough. Triangle Television Wellington encourages people to provide feedback to the station on the signal strength in their area.

Though Wellington's geography poses major transmission problems, reception will reach most of Greater Wellington and the Hutt region and it is expected that this will extend even further later this year when the station is included in the offerings available on the Saturn cable network.

The tune-in process is usually simple. Most Wellingtonians will be able to tune their sets into Triangle Television Wellington by following instructions outlined in the operating manuals for their equipment or by visiting www.tritvwellington.co.nz (see tune-in details below). Viewers who experience problems with reception may find that a UHF aerial assists in receiving a clear picture.

Sky Digital viewers can receive Triangle Wellington by plugging a terrestrial UHF aerial and Sky dish into the system simultaneously (see Tuning in with Sky Digital instructions below).

The main transmitter is at Mt Kaukau, broadcasting on UHF Channel 40. Other transmitters are sited at Fitzherbert (UHF Ch 41) in Lower Hutt and Baxter's Knob (UH Ch 41) in the Porirua area.

Viewers with any queries about receiving Triangle Television Wellington, or an interest in making a programme to screen on the new channel, should contact Triangle Television's Wellington-based Regional Co-ordinator Ben Green on 04 9719166 and 027 2078833.


TRIANGLE TELEVISION

WHEN IT LAUNCHES LATER THIS MONTH, TRIANGLE TELEVISION WILL BE WELLINGTON'S ONLY REGIONAL, NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION STATION. BROADCASTING A MIX OF LOCAL PROGRAMMING AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS, INFORMATION AND ENTERTAINMENT 24 HOURS A DAY, THE STATION WILL DELIVER A UNIQUELY-WELLINGTON SCHEDULE. THE MAIN MAST FOR TRIANGLE TELEVSION WELLINGTON WILL BE AT KAUKAU ON UHF CHANNEL 40, WITH OTHER TRANSMISSION POINTS AT FITZHERBERT (UHF CHANNEL 41) AND BAXTER'S KNOB (UHF CHANNEL 41) PROVIDING COVERAGE TO THE GREATER WELLINGTON REGION AND TO SOME PARTS OF MARLBOROUGH AND BLENHEIM.

TRIANGLE TELEVISION AUCKLAND HAS OPERATED AS A PUBLIC BROADCASTER IN THE GREATER AUCKLAND REGION SINCE AUGUST 1, 1998.

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TUNING IN TO TRIANGLE TELEVISION WELLINGTON

Most viewers can tune their television sets or video recorders to the new Wellington station by following instructions outlined in the operating manuals for their audio-visual equipment. The process is usually not difficult. To receive Triangle Television Wellington, simply find and store the channel.

Note: reception will be affected in areas situated in valleys or overshadowed by physical features such as hills and tall buildings. A UHF aerial may be needed to receive a clear picture.

Lost the manual for the TV or VCR? Follow these steps:

1. Find the tuning controls. These are usually behind a door or removable panel on the front or side of the set.
2. Choose a channel not used for another station (e.g. 5 or 6) and move to that channel.
3. It's usually best to tune a TV set manually, so make sure automatic fine tuning (AFT) is turned to Off.
4. If the TV has a [preset] button, press this.
5. The screen may display [VHF]. Either switch the band selector to [U] for UHF or press the [Band] button again until UHF appears.
6. Adjust the tuning up/down until a clear picture and sound appear.
7. Press the [Preset] or [Memory] button to save the channel settings.
8. Turn the AFT control back on.

With so many models and brands in use today, it is possible that these basic instructions may not suit. We suggest calling the television manufacturer or a local aerial installer for any problems.

TUNING IN WITH SKY DIGITAL

Sky Digital viewers can receive Triangle Wellington by plugging a terrestrial UHF aerial and Sky dish into the system simultaneously, using a splitter box. This can be bought from any electrical goods store. Then select a spare channel on the TV for Triangle Wellington and tune into either UHF 41 or UHF 40. New Sky subscribers should ask the Sky installation technician to tune Triangle Television in for them.

August 16, 2006

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