The Freeview platform currently has 13 television channels and three radio stations. Television New Zealand, MediaWorks (formerly CanWest), the Māori Television Service, Stratos Television Ltd, Parliament TV, CUE (Southland TV) and Radio_New_Zealand currently provide content.
Up to 18 channels will be available, with six each assigned to TVNZ and MediaWorks, and the balance to other networks. Given that TVNZ's and MediaWorks's current free-to-air channels will be available on Freeview, there will be eight extra channels in total, between the two.
Freeview also has its own eight-day electronic programme guide, named Freeview EPG; TVNZ's Teletext service is also available.
National Television Channels
TVNZ Sport Extra
Regional Television Channels
Bay of Plenty
Radio New Zealand National
Radio New Zealand Concert
Several new digital-only television channels will be launched within the next two years.
MediaWorks has confirmed it will launch one extra channel each in 2007 and 2008 targeting a niche market. The BSA anticipates that it will screen imported programmes on its first. Since MediaWorks will not use all six channels allocated to it, it may sub-lease the spare capacity to other broadcasters.
Alt TV may join Freeview this year.
Although the satellite and the terrestrial services will both have 18 channels initially, there is space for only 20 channels on the satellite transponder so fewer channels may be available on satellite than terrestrial in the future.