Fly TV logo from 2001-2003
|Launched||1 November 2001|
|Closed||30 June 2003|
|Owned by||Australian Broadcasting
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|SD Digital||Channel 21|
|Optus TV||Channel 21|
Fly TV was an ABC Television channel available to viewers of digital terrestrial television in Australia. The channel featured programming aimed towards teenagers and young adults. It was launched nationally on 1 November 2001, and aired alongside the children's-oriented ABC Kids Channel, which aired during Fly TV's downtime. The channel broadcast a 6 hour block from 6:00pm to 12:00am, which was repeated again from 12:00am to 6:00am.
Fly TV was also available from 6:00pm to 6:00am on both digital terrestrial television and subscription services: Austar, Optus Television, and the newly established TransTV (In Canberra Only). However, it could not gain carriage on Foxtel.
The ABC launched the channel without additional funding, hoping that its success would prompt an additional government grant. However Fly TV was discontinued on 30 June 2003, along with the ABC Kids Channel, in the first of a series of cuts to save around A$25 million a year for the ABC. The ABC could not secure government funding to keep the channel on-air, but eventually launched another digital-only channel, ABC2, less than two years later in March 2005. The sluggish uptake of digital television in Australia at the time made justifying a digital-only channel with a low viewership against the cost of keeping the channel on air difficult.