Freeview FAQ

Who can receive the Freeview Digital Service?

 

All New Zealanders can get Freeview Digital TV via satellite. Once you have purchased a Free to Air or Freeview Satellite Set Top Box and, if you need one, installed a satellite dish, you can watch and listen to Freeview's channels for free on any TV.

Freeview HD is available via UHF aerial only. Please see the coverage maps to check if Freeview HD is available in your area.

What channels are available on Freeview?

Freeview Satellite

Freeview HD via UHF aerial

TV One
TV2
TV3
FOUR
Maori Television
TV1+1
TV2+1
TV3+1
C4*
Prime*
Choice TV
Sommet Sports
Parliament TV
Cue
Te Reo
Shine
George FM
Radio New Zealand National
Radio New Zealand Concert

* broacast FTA on OPTUS D1 but is not part of Freeview All Satellite receivers from Freeviewshop can receive this channel.

TV One
TV2
TV3
FOUR
Maori Television
TV2+1
TV1+1
TV3+1
C4
Prime
Trackside
Choice TV
Sommet Sports
Al Jazeera
The Shopping Channel
TV Shopping Network
Base FM
Radio New Zealand National
Radio New Zealand Zealand

*A number of regional channels may also be available in your location please contact us for more details.

 

I have an existing Satellite Dish, can I receive Freeview?

Anyone with an existing dish that is aligned to the Optus D1 Satellite can simply plug in a satellite set top box to receive the new Freeview service. You do not need to align the dish.
 

How do I align a new satellite dish?

For those who need a dish, dish alignment is easy. All the set top boxes available on Freeviewshop have a satellite strength and quality display. Alternatively, a satellite strength meter can be purchased. The compass reading for dish setting is approx. 315 degrees on a simple compass (slightly, West of North).
 

Can I have Freeview as well as Sky?

Yes SKY uses the same satellite and same polarity as Freeview and you can operate Sky set top boxes and Free to Air or Freeview set top boxes on the same dish at the same time. You can either use the Loop Out of the Free to Air set top box and connect the Sky set top box to it or use a splitter to connect both set top boxes to the dish. We recommend use of power pass all ports splitters.
 

Can I watch Freeview on more than one television?

The best option is to connect a separate set top box for each TV. Here the signal from the dish has to be split using a splitter. In some cases an amplifier is needed to ensure a good level of signal at all outlets, please call for advice. The benefit of installing multiple set-top boxes is that they operate independently from each other so you can watch a different channel in each room.
 

Can I record freeview?

Freeview can be recorded using a Personal Video Recorder (PVR). A PVR allows you to record TV or radio signals, and then play them back whenever you wish. You can also use a DVD recorder or VCR with a standard set top box.