This timeline shows the major developments in both the technical and organisational history of television in New Zealand. Since the introduction of television broadcasting in the early 1960s, there have been two major periods of change: the early 1970s, when colour, direct international feeds and the second network arrived, and the late 1980s, when private broadcasting by TV3 and Sky TV started and TVNZ became a state-owned enterprise. By the 2000s single-channel viewing for limited hours had become multi-channel viewing on many devices at all hours of the day.
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