15 Nov 2012

Digital tv now in 90% of NZ homes

10:22 pm on 15 November 2012

New figures from a government survey show nine out of 10 New Zealand homes have converted to digital television.

The survey is tracking the changeover to digital, as analogue signals are turned off.

The switch is already under way - Hawke's Bay and the West Coast had their analogue signals turned off at the end of September, and other regions will follow at different times next year.

Of the unconverted areas, Gisborne has the highest number of digital households at 96%.

Auckland, Bay of Plenty and Canterbury have the lowest at 86%.

The general manager of the digital television provider Freeview, Sam Irvine, says the figures will increase dramatically as regions go digital next year with the South Island the end of April, lower North Island August and the middle to upper half of the North Island in November.