How To Tune in to
Mainland Television

If you are tuned into Freeview terrestrial Nelson you should see
Mainlands 10 digital TV channels and 2 Radio stations appear after you perform a digital autotune.

Mainland TV digital TV channels

Mainland 1 - stream *
Mainland 2 - stream *
Mainland 5 - Repeat channel
Mainland 6 - Repeat channel
Angel TV
- Daystar
We have a spare TV channel available for lease - call us for info
Radio 1 - (VOA) - stream *
Radio 2 - stream *
Mainland Digital TV Transmitters

Observatory hill CH26 H - 25dbw

Takaka hill CH27 V - 29dbw

Mainland TV is broadcasting 10 Digital channels ( 10 TV & 2 Radio) free to
air, along side Freeview on Digital
TV channel 26 Observatory hill Nelson and channel
27 Takaka hill

NB - Mainland TV channels 5 & 6 are Mpeg 2 and the others are Mpeg4.
Mainland TV digital is broadcasting across Nelson, Tasman, Golden Bay and parts of Marlborough.
Technical notes & tips
Those with Freeview Terrestrial should have no problem receiving Mainland's
digital TV channels in most parts of the Nelson region.
Select Digital Autotune on your TV sets or set top box and both Freeview and Mainland
terrestrial digital TV channels should appear.
Anyone who is having reception problems may need to contact ph 548 0304

Miss Information

Lets set the record straight on a few things as we note all over the Internet and mostly on forums there is a huge amount of miss information and some people are getting very confused.

Mainland TV signed an agreement with Freeview in 2011. It means we agreed on channel allocation numbers, format, EPG and other technical details. Mainland TV is one of a number of free to air digital TV broadcasters and we own our own sites and transmission network. This all ensures our TV channels work in with Freeview and vice versa.

ALL Freeview decoders and all modern digital TV's can recieve Mainlands TV's 10 digital TV channels plus our 2 radio stations in our broadcast region.

Beware of a couple of questionable antenna installers in the Nelson region. We get complaints about the same two yet all the others are doing a great job.

Radio stations

Your local TV antenna installer should be able to help if you have any problems.
CLICK to see coverage map
call - Nelson TV & Video on 548 0304
You can have Freeview, Mainland, SKY TV, digital and TV online all at the same time without
loosing any. It all provides a great choice. Remember Terrestrial digital TV has high definition and its free.

If you live in the Nelson/Golden Bay region where you can see our TV masts you should have no difficulty receiving a picture from all Mainland TV Channels but you will need a UHF antenna for optimum picture quality. Your local TV antenna installer can advise you on the best antenna for your location.  

If you live in Stoke, Tahuna, or areas in Nelson City where you can see Observatory Hill or Takaka Hill, you may be able to receive our signal on rabbit ear type antennas as used on many portable TVs if you are within line of sight of Observatory Hill but its not recommended.

It is important to use good quality low loss UHF coax cable, as the signal will be lost in older cable. Look for the cable with a foil outer earth if you are installing the antenna yourself. Remember to point the antenna at our transmitter. The cable quality is very important and must be a good UHF type.

Any water in the cable will reduce the signal between the antenna and the TV set which could cause picture breakups on some channels.

Tuning In To Mainland On Your Television

To tune in to local TV channels we suggest you consult your TV manual, and select digital auotune.

If you ever loose any channel try an auto retune and if that does not work wait a day or two and try again

Station ID's are displayed when you switch on to them to identify each station and the EPG names each channel and provides a Rating code.

If you have any problems, your local Television & Video shop or Antenna installer online or in the Yellow Pages should be able to get you going.