Action urged on New Zealand digital
New Zealand’s government must make a policy decision on how and when the country’s broadcasters move to digital TV delivery, according to a recent item on the Advanced-television.com website. If they don’t then they risk the viability of public broadcasting a report prepared for the broadcast minister is said to advise. The web item also indicates that local press reports say that a decision by early 2006 has been recommended.
TVNZ has had the support of all the free-to -air broadcasters in its attempts over the last five years to launch digital services but the government still needs to make some key decisions before this can go ahead. Whether the government will subsidise any of the broadcasters costs is one key point still to be decided. Satellite pay-TV operator Sky New Zealand is already delivering its own DVB-S satellite digital service in New Zealand.
Item added: 12th December 2005