Thursday, May 25, 2006

TVNZ Upgrades Teletext

In New Zealand, national broadcaster, TVNZ has revamped its Teletext service. Its brighter and has been repackaged into a new format and design that is easier and quicker to navigate. All done without a change in content.

TVNZ says that that the enhanced system, now known as TVNZ Teletext comes after months of systems development, which includes new hardware and software. The new software has allowed clever use of the service's content including the 'grouping' of data, and new functions and features such as On The Box - an area dedicated to TV listings, where viewers can find detailed synopses of their favourite up-and-coming programmes.

Sports content will be captured into one easily identifiable area, and weather - now referred to as Your Town - incorporates daily forecasts, tides information and marine forecasts for your local centre - all on one page.

A former feature, Newsreel, has been reintroduced. Viewers can visit the Newsreel pages and watch slideshows of national and international news.

TVNZ Teletext is a free news and information service produced in digital by TVNZ for its own networks, TV ONE, TV2 as well as CanWest MediaWorks' TV3. The service is broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via VHF, Satellite and Cable, to everyone who has a TVNZ Teletext television.

Teletext was first screened on New Zealand television in 1984 from proceeds raised at the 1981 Telethon. Since then the service has grown from a vital service for the deaf and hearing impaired to a more general service, with approximately 1.3 million viewers.

Other TVNZ Teletext features include: business and financial news, national and international flight information, Lotto and TAB information and results.

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