Author Topic: Government refuses to intervene in Freeview satellite picture quality problem  (Read 1926 times)


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I just received a email confirming that the government won't/can't do anything to fix the picture quality issues on the freeview satellite feeds.

Thank you for your email of 31 May 2009 requesting a Picture Quality Standard
For satellite digital television in New Zealand

As Minister of Broadcasting, I am responsible for setting the government’s broad
agenda for broadcasting. At this point, managing the transition from analogue to
Digital free-to-air television is a government priority. I am sure the majority
of viewers who have already switched to digital will be enjoying a significant
improvement in their viewing experience, and government is not considering
the introduction of regulations governing picture quality at this stage.

In general, all inquiries regarding technical issues are best directed towards the
Relevant broadcaster. You will appreciate that under the Television New Zealand
Act 2003, I cannot intervene in the day-to-day operations of TVNZ. I am aware
There have been some recent technical problems resulting in pixilation, but these
are being addressed. I am informed the bit rate quality has remained within the
normal range since the introduction of TVNZ’s regionalized transmissions.

If you have any further questions regarding the issues you raised on your letter, I
Suggest you direct then to TVNZ or MediaWorks

Yours sincerely
Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
Minister of Broadcasting

Looks like we might be stuck with crap satellite digital TV in New Zealand.

Maybe we can contact their advertsiers with recorded examples of pixelated adverts? that might make TVNZ take notice!!!

Any one have any Ideas?