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New Zealand - Broadcasting - FTA, Pay TV, Digital TV and Radio - Statistics & Overview

FTA television and the pay TV sector are revising their business models to adapt to the growing trend among consumers to view online content rather than linear TV. The trend has become acute during the last two years as telecom infrastructure has improved, allowing a greater proportion of consumers to take advantage of content from YouTube and other video sites, as well as catch-up services. The broadcasting and digital media industries are having to keep up with these changes in the market place.

Pay TV penetration in New Zealand was around 50% by late 2013. The introduction of the cut-price monthly subscription model, Igloo, in late 2012 may increase household penetration but the real threat is that this model will cannibalise the existing user base as customers churn to cheaper monthly rates. As the UFB consumer base eventually increases other competitive threats by other media models will see uptake of other media based subscription services, lowering the viability of the current model.

Switching off the analogue TV network is in progress with the first region completed in September 2012 with all other regions set to be completed by December 2013. Accordingly, with a free up of spectrum, there will be the possibility of a major economic effect to the country in the order of $1 billion or more within a 5-10 year time frame.

This report provides a comprehensive overview of the FTA, Pay TV and Digital TV markets in New Zealand including statistics and forecasts. IPTV, Digital Media and Mobile TV are covered in a separate report: New Zealand - Digital Economy & Digital Media.

Key developments:

Pay TV; subscriber churn; community TV; STV; spectrum; digital TV; digital switchover completed; broadcasting; VoD; TVNZ financial data for FY2013, market developments to December 2013.

Companied covered in this report include:

Sky, Telecom, Vodafone, Prime Television, MediaWorks, TVNZ, TiVo, Kordia, TVWorks, New Zealand Racing Board, Quickflix, Radio New Zealand, Freeview, Igloo, Maori TV


1. Synopsis
2. Broadcasting market
2.1 Overview
3. Free-to-air TV
3.1 Television New Zealand (TVNZ)
3.1.1 Company overview
3.1.2 Channels overview
3.1.3 TVNC Charter funding ended
3.1.4 TVNZ 7 closed
3.1.5 TVNZ Plus One launched
3.1.6 Multi-platform strategy
3.1.7 Internet TV presence
3.1.8 Teletext to close
3.1.9 Market and financial statistics
3.2 Maori TV
3.3 MediaWorks NZ
3.3.1 TVWorks TV3 and Four
3.3.2 TV on demand
3.3.3 RadioWorks
3.4 Prime Television New Zealand
3.5 New Zealand Racing Board
3.5.1 Overview
3.5.2 Trackside
3.5.3 TAB TV
4. Digital FTA TV
4.1 Freeview
4.1.1 Overview
4.1.2 Technology
4.2 Digital TV changeover
4.2.1 Overview
5. Pay and cable TV (digital)
5.1 Market overview
5.2 Igloo
5.2.1 Overview
5.2.2 Digital TV partnership Sky and TVNZ will it get new customers
5.2.3 Igloo is a non-competitive threat to TV
5.3 SKY Network Television
5.3.1 Company overview
5.3.2 Satellite coverage
5.3.3 MovieLink, SKY DMX Music and Fatso
5.3.4 iSky
5.3.5 Recent developments
5.3.6 SKY subscriber statistics and revenue statistics
5.3.7 Brief company timeline 1990 - 2013
5.4 TelstraClear (separate report)
6. IPTV
6.1 Overview
6.2 Quickflix
6.3 TiVo
7. Digital radio
7.1 Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB)
7.2 Digital radio trials
7.2.1 Background information
7.2.2 Kordia
8. Related reports
Table 1 Broadcasting statistics overview FTA TV 2013
Table 2 Overview of TVNZ key financial parameters ($ million) 2011 - 2013
Table 3 Freeview household viewers and penetration rate 2009 - 2013
Table 4 Percentage of digital TV households by region 2011 - 2013
Table 5 Digital TV breakup by service provider/technology - 2010 - 2013
Table 6 Pay TV broadcasting statistics 2008 - 2013
Table 7 SKY Network Television financial overview 2010 - 2013
Table 8 SKY Network Television operational overview 2010 - 2013
Table 9 Historic - SKY Network Television total UHF, DBS & other subscribers 1993 - 2004
Table 10 SKY Network Television total UHF, DBS & other subscribers 2005 - 2013
Table 11 SKY Network Television average monthly ARPU (historic) 2005 - 2008
Table 12 Historic - SKY Network Television revenue & annual change 1997 - 2004
Table 13 SKY Network Television revenue & annual change 2005 - 2013
Chart 1 Overview of TVNZ key performance indicators 2011 - 2013
Chart 2 SKY Network Television financial overview 2010 2013
Chart 3 Overview of Sky key performance indicators 2005 - 2013
Exhibit 1 Television New Zealand (TVNZ) at a glance 2013
Exhibit 2 Television and Radio available as Freeview services 2013
Exhibit 3 Digital TV conversion from analogue shutdown by region 2012 - 2013
Exhibit 4 SKY Network Television at a glance 2013
Exhibit 5 SKY Network Television brief company history 1990 - 2013
Exhibit 6 ALT TV (historic) brief company history 2005 - 2009

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