TVNZ Sport Extra

TVNZ Sport Extra was a temporary sports television station in New Zealand, operated by TVNZ. Broadcasting on channel 20 on Freeview, it showed live and delayed free-to-air coverage of selected events. Eric Kearley, TVNZ's Digital Launch Manager, has stated there was no further plans for this channel until the 2008 Summer Olympics.

TVNZ Sport Extra
CountryNew Zealand
Picture format576i 16:9 (SDTV)
Sister channelsTV One, TV2, TVNZ 6, TVNZ 7, TVNZ Heartland
LaunchedJune 2007
Former namesColloquially: 'V8's Channel'
WebsiteOfficial Site
Freeview|HDChannel 020


Sport Extra had originally launched to show the V8 Supercars Series live. TVNZ however lost the rights to this at the end of the 2007 season to TV3.




Channel FutureEdit

The broadcast of TVNZ Sport Extra was terminated on NZST 10:00pm, 1 August 2009 to allow for increased capacity across other TVNZ digital channels, however the 2009 global recession has been blamed for the lack of resources maintained by TVNZ. TVNZ later launched a similar channel, TVNZ Pop-up in 2015. For the 2018 Commonwealth Games, TVNZ launched TVNZ Games Extra and TVNZ Games Online.

Sister ChannelsEdit

TVNZ Sport Extra was one of the six channels owned and operated by TVNZ. It was also the only TVNZ channel available exclusively on the Freeview platform.


  1. ^ "TVNZ bringing V8 Supercars to Freeview" (Press release). TVNZ. Retrieved 16 July 2007.
  2. ^ a b "TVNZ Sport Extra brings top international soccer to Freeview" (Press release). TVNZ. Retrieved 16 July 2007.
  3. ^ a b "TVNZ brings multiplatform exclusive coverage of the FA Cup" (Press release). TVNZ. Retrieved 9 April 2009.