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Freeview, Support, the broadcasters and transmission providers are Essential Services which will continue to provide free-to-air television to New Zealand regardless of Alert Levels. Support will continue to take phone calls and monitoring this Forum. 

You may need to contact your local installer to see if they are operating in regards to TV installations or reception issues. Some installers may have certain guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health. Stay Safe. 

TRANSMISSION & BROADCASTS

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

UHF: NORMAL except for:

23 AUG 2021 - Taranaki: Kordia is investigating an issue affecting the Mt Egmont transmitter, the transmitter must be placed on low power during this time and may be over the next few days.  Residents with marginal UHF reception may experience some loss of channels.  If you're in Taranaki and have temporarily lost both TVNZ 1 and Three, you can catch the COVID-19 live updates on the 1News YouTube channel or the Newshub YouTube channel.

SATELLITE: NORMAL

STREAMING TV: NORMAL

CHANNEL UPDATES: 

  • CHOICE AND HGTV: For Freeviewers who love to record - Programming info on Choice (Channel 12) and HGTV (Channel 17) is changing from Friday, 17 September, 2021. This means that any bookings / Series Link will stop working. To keep recording your favourite shows, please re-book your recordings on CHOICE and HGTV. You don't need to re-book on any other channels. 

  • TVSN (Channel 20): From August 23, 2021, TVSN will no longer be available on Freeview (Channel 20). The new way to watch TVSN will be to download the TVSNNow App on your Smart TV, Live Stream TVSN on your Smart device or visit tvsn.co.nz.

The following channel changes happened on July 1st, 2021.

  • TV29 (Channel 29) rebranded to Panda Channel 29.
  • APNA TV (Channel 36) went from Nationwide to Auckland only.
    • If you're in Auckland and having issues viewing APNA TV, you will need to re-scan your device.  
  • PANDA TV (Channel 37) came off air.
  • KORDIA TV (Channel 200) rebranded to CH200.

If you experience any issues with channels or any other TV reception issues, please check this page for tips on resolving those issues.

UPCOMING WORKS BY TRANSMISSION PROVIDERS

None. 

FREEVIEW GUIDE

TV Guide Apps:  NORMAL

Freeview On Demand Guide:  NORMAL 

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

FREEVIEW ON DEMAND

Freeview On Demand (HbbTV platform): NORMAL

DISH TV playback issue resolved. Please see here for additional info.

Freeview On Demand (Smart TV app / IP-only app): NORMAL

Samsung Smart TV app playback issue, originally reported 30 April, has now been resolved through an update.  If content still does not load on your Samsung Smart TV app, please follow the troubleshooting steps here to update your TV.

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!

RECEPTION or CHANNEL ISSUES?

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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