TVNZ announces HDTV plans for the DTT platform

The New Zealand public service broadcaster, TVNZ, has announced that it will launch two HDTV services, TV1 and TV2, on the DTT platform by July 2008, in time for the Beijing Olympic Games.
The HD services will use 720p coded in the MPEG-4 H.264 AVC video compression format.
According to a TVNZ spokesman 2 HD channels and 3 SD channels will be statistically multiplexed in a data stream of 23Mbits/s.
The full DTT platform is expected to be launched in March or April of 2008.
Main source: TVNZ
Item added: 2nd October 2007