AFL to screen on Stratos/Triangle

Under a special arrangement with Sky Television, the Australian Football League, and Australian Network both Triangle Television and Stratos Television will be screening an AFL match a week, culminating with the highlight of the season, the ‘2011 Toyota AFL Grand Final’, in prime time.

With the exception of the Grand Final, the matches screened on Triangle and Stratos will be different to those screened on Sky Sport 3. giving fans the opportunity to see more matches in the critical lead up.

Matches will screen on Sunday night at 7:00 pm on Stratos and 8:30 pm on Triangle Television from September 4th.

Details of the games that are selected will be available on both the Triangle Television website (www.tritv.co.nz) and the Stratos website (www.stratostv.co.nz) from Monday prior to broadcast each week.

Eurovision Song Contest on Triangle and Stratos TV

Triangle and Stratos TV bring back iconic Eurovision Song Contest

The show that gave the world ABBA, Celine Dion, Cliff Richards, Julio Iglesias and even Riverdance is about to hit New Zealand television screens again in May.

The Eurovision Song Contest is viewed each year by more than 100 million people throughout the world. Now it is returning to New Zealand screens thanks to the canny courting of the European Broadcasting Union by a Kiwi TV doyen.

Jim Blackman, founder of the Triangle and Stratos Television channels, says the Eurovision Song Contest is a global television iconic event that’s been screening annuall for 53 years. ABBA, which won for Sweden in 1974, has been the most successful after taking the title. The group’s winning song, “Waterloo”, was in English and most winning songs have been performed in English.

“The Eurovision Song Contest screened in New Zealand more than three decades ago,” Blackman says. “Bringing it back fits with Triangle and Stratos’ mission to provide NZ viewers an alternate window on the world, something we already do through the English version of Al Jazeera, PBS and other news and programming.

“New Zealanders have quite sophisticated and varied viewing tastes, which we know our programmes are helping to satisfy. The Eurovision Song Contest will add to Triangle and Stratos’ smorgasbord.”

This year Eurovision (www.eurovision.tv ) is being staged May 12, 14 and 16 at Moscow’s Olimpiyski Indoor Arena, which holds 80,000 people. During the two semi-finals and final that make up the live show, more than nine million people are expected to call or text to vote support for their favourite acts. Those performers represent 42 countries. Twenty make the final to join five pre-qualified countries.

Blackman says Triangle and Stratos will screen a composite of last year’s semi-finals on May 3 and the 2008 finals on May 10 in the run up to this year’s event. The 2009 three hour final will be simulcast on Triangle and Stratos on May 17, less than 12 hours after it screens across the Northern Hemisphere.

Triangle Auckland is on UHF Channels 41, 42 and 52 and in Christchurch via TelstraClear cable (Channel 50). Triangle’s sister channel, Stratos Television, broadcasts nationwide via Sky Digital (Channel 89), Freeview (Channel 21) and TelstraClear cable.