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1998–2001 2001–2002 2002–2004 2004–2005
1998–2001 2001–2002 2002–2004 2004–2005
2004–2006 2006–2013 2013–2016 2016–present
2004–2006 2006–2013 2013–2016 2016–present

1998–2001

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With a licence that covered all major towns and cities on the UHF signal, except for Gisborne which is served via VHF signal, Prime Television New Zealand began broadcasting on 30 August 1998.

2001–2002

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2002–2004

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In February 2002, Prime NZ entered into a five-year agreement with PBL Media, then owner of Australia's Nine Network.

2004–2005

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2004–2006

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2006–2013

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On 8 February 2006, Prime New Zealand was purchased by Sky Television from Australian-based Prime Television. In 2010, Prime HD was temporarily launched on Sky Channel 140 to cover the 2010 Winter Olympics. Prime HD would only be available every Olympics or Commonwealth Games on channel 444.

2013–2016

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2016–present

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On 13 January 2016, Prime underwent a brand refresh and began broadcasting permanently in high definition. Prime was made available in HD to Freeview DTT viewers on 2 December 2019.

On 1 February 2017, Prime Plus 1 began transmission as a time-shift channel. It is available on Sky channel 514 or can be manually tuned on free-to-air satellite-signal receivers.


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