Free-to-air and pay-TV

After New Zealand goes digital, you'll have a choice of continuing to watch free-to-air TV or subscribing to pay-TV.

Free-to-air television is available in three ways - through a UHF aerial, satellite or cable. Pay –TV services include the free-to-air digital channels as part of their subscription package and are available by satellite dish and cable. Freeview-compatible devices such as TiVo and PlayStation 3’s Play TV can also be used to view Freeview|HD where it is available.

Remember, digital broadcasts are already in place throughout the country, so you can go digital now if you want.

Free to Air

Provider
Availability
Features

Nationwide

Freeview satellite: 8-day on-screen programme guide.

My Freeview satellite: 8-day on-screen programme guide. Record, pause and rewind live TV.

Auckland, Waikato, Tauranga, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin

Freeview|HD: Some programmes in high definition. 8-day on-screen programme guide.

My Freeview|HD: Some programmes in high definition. 8-day on-screen programme guide. Record, pause and rewind live TV.

Auckland, Waikato, Tauranga, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin

Igloo: Some programmes in high definition. Wi-Fi capable. 14 day on-screen programme guide. Live pause.

Vodafone

Wellington and Christchurch

T-Box with 7 day programme guide. Record, pause and rewind LIVE HD TV. Some programmes in High Definition

Pay TV

Provider
Availability
Features
Auckland, Waikato, Tauranga, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin
Igloo: Some programmes in high definition. Wi-Fi capable. 14 day on-screen programme guide. Live pause. Prepay access to more content than just Free-to-air.

Nationwide

Electronic programme guide. SKY Box Office pay–per-view.

MYSKY HDi option: Some programmes in high definition. Record, pause and rewind live TV.

Vodafone

Wellington and Christchurch

Electronic programme guide. SKY Box Office pay-per-view.

T-Box option: Some programmes in high definition. Record, pause and rewind live TV.

Digital TV – Standard Digital decoder with SKY Box office Pay-per-view and 7 day onscreen programme guide.