New Zealand DTT network launched

The New Zealand DTT network successfully launched on the 2nd April 2008, on time and on budget, according to local reports.
Three multiplexes, TVNZ, TVWorks and Kordia are in operation delivering a mixture of SD and HD free-to-air services, all coded in MPEG-4, H.264 AVC for vision and HE AAC MPEG-4 for audio.
TVNZ also uses  DVB-SSU for remotely updating STB software as well as EBU-teletext and DVB-Subtitles
MHEG-5 is used for the EPG, delivering a comprehensive 8-day schedule.
HD DTTV STB’s also seem to be selling at a very high rate and in some areas at a higher rate than SD only boxes according to reports.
Now that the Freeview DTT alternative is available and working so well, Sky Pay TV Satellite subscriptions may well take a hit.
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Item added: 8th April 2008