Some in the industry believe there will be room for one or two more players to join Sky TV, Spark's Lightbox, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, free-to-air providers and movie services such as Stuff Pix in what has rapidly become a crowded market. But if people are hoping for a full-fledged rival to Sky they will likely be disappointed. In Australia, Fetch sells a set-top recorder that is similar to a Freeview recorder and which can also access 49 lifestyle and news channels that are streamed over the internet, and a variety of shows and movies available on-demand. Fellet has signalled it could follow that by also splitting its Neon internet television service into two, one offering television shows and the other movies. The number of conventional television channels is also growing, with TV3-owner MediaWorks launching a new lifestyle channel Threelife next month — despite rumours that the free-to-air sector as a whole is now unprofitable. Tom Pullar-Strecker , Mar 13 With competition in full swing, several TV companies want to be the one selling "the one box to rule them all".
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New Zealand digital TV penetration now at 55%
The trend has become stronger during the last two years as telecom infrastructure has improved, allowing a greater proportion of consumers to take advantage of content from w wide range of video sites, as well as catch-up services from broadcasters. The broadcasting and digital media industries are having to keep up with these changes in the market place. The introduction of the cut-price monthly subscription model, Igloo, in late increased 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. The first regional switch from analogue to digital TV broadcasting was completed in September , with all other regions having reached ASO by December
RSS, E-mail or Twitter. New Zealand - Freeview powers past the , mark Oct 6, — Freeview continues its strong growth as the ever expanding channel and HD line-up attracts more New Zealanders. At the end of September , receivers had been sold, with an additional 37, receivers added in the July to September quarter.