If reports are true, the New Zealand government have plans to subsidise Igloo set top boxes when the old analogue TV signals are turned off next year.
According to the New Zealand Herald:
The move is aimed at easing the transition to digital transmission, but would fit with Government policies that promote pay TV and undermine Freeview and the free-to-air TV sector.
Igloo is a digital receiver with a pay-per-view option. It will receive all open free-to-air channels, plus you can pay a monthly fee to receive additional channels, supplied by Sky. You will also be able to pay to watch specific movies or events. It is 51% owned by Sky Television.
If the New Zealand government wanted to give subsidies to help the transition between analogue to digital TV next year it should go to Freeview, our free-to-air broadcast platform, not to a private platform owned by a company that already dominates the satellite TV market in this country.
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