A Smarter way to Watch TV has Arrived with FreeviewPlus1st July 2015     By: Panasonic Media

Freeview has today launched a new digital TV platform designed to give New Zealanders easy access to on-demand video services on their TVs - FreeviewPlus. Kiwi homes will be able to catch up on the latest and greatest TV shows, movies, news and sports from the top networks with this new service.

Panasonic New Zealand are thrilled to announce that the FreeviewPlus service is now available on their 2015 CS650 TV Series. Further 2015 TV models will have the FreeviewPlus service from 1 August 2015.

Sam Irvine, General Manager at Freeview, says the launch of Freeview is a game changer for television in New Zealand and signals a new era in TV viewing.

"FreeviewPlus is a smarter way to watch TV.  The simple on-screen programme guide lets viewers search across a massive library that brings together broadcast content from 19+ live channels and on demand content from TVNZ OnDemand, 3NOW and Māori Television On Demand, something that has to-date not been available in New Zealand."

And in what Irvine says is 'another first to market' FreeviewPlus offers an  eight day 'catch-up' or reverse programme guide that allows viewers to go back in time across TVNZ, MediaWorks and Māori Television channels and select programmes to catch up on demand straight from the guide.

FreeviewPlus will allow viewers to find, bookmark, watch or stream their favourite shows directly to their TV. The new electronic programme guide (EPG) will bring together all available content from TV One, TV2, TV3, FOUR, Māori Television, The Edge TV, Te Reo and the other 20 plus channels on Freeview|HD  as well as TVNZ OnDemand ,  MediaWorks' 3NOW and Māori Television OnDemand as one consolidated content library.

Māori TV CEO Paora Maxwell says FreeviewPlus is an important new platform for viewers to access New Zealand content, particularly Māori language and cultural programming.

"Our mission is to engage the hearts and minds of more New Zealanders with our unique content that entertains and informs them. Along with others, the FreeviewPlus platform is the perfect vehicle in enabling us to do this."

FreeviewPlus features include:
-    Switch seamlessly between live and ondemand TV with a click of a button
-    Scroll through an 8-day TV guide that displays multiple channels at the same time
-    A catch up guide goes back a week so you can catch up with ease
-    Search across live and ondemand TV content
-    Featured sections showcase selected programmes
-    Browse TV and movies libraries by genre
-    Set reminders and favourites
-    Access to over 20 live channels
-    Viewers will continue to receive all the benefit of Freeview|HD with many of their favourite shows broadcast in high definition and surround sound free from subscriptions.

CLICK HERE for further information on the FreeviewPlus service.

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