Status of Freeview New Zealand transmission and broadcasts are detailed below, as supplied by transmission providers and broadcasters.

The following issues are being investigated by the product development team.

Freeview On Demand Samsung Smart TV app affected by other auxiliary connections

For users of Samsung 2017 and top-end 2016 TVs: remote input is not being fed through to the Freeview On Demand smart TV app when a  device is connected via HDMI cable (e.g. Sky decoder or Apple TV).  Freeview is working with Samsung and the application developer to investigate this.

Video playback fails to play after the ad at the start

On 2015 Panasonic recorders and 2016 LG TVs, TVNZ OnDemand videos do not start playing after the ads at the start of the programme.  This is currently being investigated by the Freeview application developers and TVNZ, more updates to follow. [logged 04/09/2017]

Programme linking fails to work

When selecting a TVNZ OnDemand title within the Freeview On Demand application, the TVNZ OnDemand app fails to load the page for the selected title (the homepage loads instead).  This has been escalated to the application developers at Freeview and TVNZ, more updates to follow. [logged 04/09/2017]

Live TV audio persists when browsing through the TVNZ OnDemand app

On selected TVs, while the user is browsing for content in the TVNZ OnDemand app, Live TV audio persists in the background.  This has been escalated to the app team, more updates to follow. [logged 04/09/2017]


A software update to fix this issue has been released to all LG TVs, except the LH Series.  

For LG TVs that have 'LH' in the model number:  there is an issue with the playback of TVNZ OnDemand content.  Following extensive investigation, there's no clear solution at this point in time.  Freeview expects that an integrated player solution to resolve this, which would be released in December 2017.

Examples of LH series models: 55LH600V, 49LH600V, 43LH600V, 55LH575T, 49LH570T, 43LH570T, 32LH570D

For all other LG TVs:

The update should download and install automatically so long as your TV is connected to the internet.  Once updated, you should be able to watch all On Demand content using the Freeview application.

To check if your LG TV has been updated, bring up the LG Menu by pressing the HOME button on your remote, then select SettingsAll Settings > General > About This TV > Check for updates.  

Watch the how to video here.


Experiencing other On Demand playback issues? 

Freeview works with broadcasters and manufacturers to log and investigate issues affecting the Freeview ON DEMAND (FreeviewPlus) application.  As some issues occur intermittently, are specific to selected products or affect distinct videos or ads, it can take time to zone in on the cause and address the problem.

If you cannot stream an ON DEMAND video at all or all the way through, please note down the programme title, series (or season) and episode and report it here.  The details you provide may help in isolating the cause of the problem. Thanks!



Met Service has issued a wether warning for exposed parts of Auckland and Northland, Wind is expected to sweep through these regions till at least Monday Evening, if you experience any loss of signal during this time then please check your aerial / satellite dish when winds have passed or check with your local installer.  

UHF:  NORMAL except Lower Hutt

Lower Hutt/Wainuiomata Transmitter Fault:  Technicians are currently investigating an issue which is affecting reception in the Lower Hutt/Wainuiomata areas.


WEDNESDAY 4th OCT - FRIDAY 6TH OCT - Auckland users with UHF aerial:  Kordia will be doing some maintenance on the Waiatatua transmission tower over the next 3 days. work will be carried out from 9am to 4pm each day. Viewers in Auckland using UHF aerial will see some short break ups in reception because of this. 

TV Guide Apps:  NORMAL

Freeview On Demand GuideNORMAL

Freeview Standard Onscreen Guide (launched via the GUIDE / EPG button on all Freeview devices): NORMAL

If there no outages reported by transmission providers or broadcasters above relating to your area, chances are you may have a fault with your antenna, cabling or device set up.  

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