Go! (Australian TV channel)
|Launched||9 August 2009|
|Owned by||Nine Entertainment Company|
|Picture format||anamorphic 576i (SDTV)|
|Audience share||3.8% nationally (2010 ratings season, )|
|Broadcast area||Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane,
Regional QLD, Southern New South Wales, Regional Victoria,
Tasmania, Northern New South Wales, Eastern South Australia, Southeast South Australia, Riverland South Australia, Riverina M.I.A. New South Wales
|Replaced||Nine Guide (2001–2008)|
|TCN Sydney (DVB-T)||1059 @ 8 (191.5 MHz)|
|GTV Melbourne (DVB-T)||1074 @ 8 (191.5 MHz)|
|QTQ Brisbane/Sunshine Coast (DVB-T)||1030 @ 8 (191.5 MHz)|
|NWS Adelade (DVB-T)||1106 @ 8 (191.5 MHz)|
|STW Perth/Mandurah (DVB-T)||1026 @ 8 (191.5 MHz)|
|Freeview Nine metro (virtual)||99|
|Freeview WIN/NBN/SCA regional (virtual)||88|
|Freeview Imparja regional (virtual)||99|
|VAST (virtual)||99 or 88|
The general concept for Go! was revealed on 23 March 2009, with the Nine Network announcing their intention to start a standard definition variety-based multichannel, launched mid-way through 2009. The channel's name and branding was first revealed as Go!99 on 14 April 2009 by TV Tonight, a blog dedicated to Australian television.
The channel went to air at 1:00 pm on 5 August 2009, broadcasting a promo loop. Go! officially began broadcasting scheduled programming from 9 August 2009 at 6:30 pm with a 1 minute promo featuring the song Go! by Noise International. It was then followed by an episode of Wipeout, the first programme to air on the new channel. The Nine Network's regional affiliates, WIN Television and NBN Television, also launched Go! on 9 August 2009, on Channel 88. It has been confirmed that Darwin will receive the channel in October 2010 (over a year after other capital cities started transmitting the multi channel). From December 2010, Nine Network affiliate Imparja Television will commence transmission of the Go! channel to viewers in remote areas of Central, Northern and Eastern Australia. before expanding to Eastern South Australia on 11 November 2011 There have been reports that Go!'s technical launch had caused a significant number of digital TV receivers to no longer pick up Nine's digital channels. Nine have established a helpline for viewers experiencing problems or requiring assistance to tune in to the new channel.
Les Sampson, Nine’s Network Director of Multichannels, describes Go! as a "work in progress". He states that in future the channel will expand its current programming blocks, introduce "stunt" programming such as series marathons, and produce and broadcast interstitials such as fashion updates, beach report updates, and bar and restaurant reviews between programmes starring new on-air talent.
Go! celebrated its birthday by airing movies every night during the month of August 2010. Go! also played a mini clip during the commercial breaks thanking everyone for watching Go!.
Original plans for Go! suggested it would consist of a mix of entertainment and lifestyle programming (this rule wasn't featured until the launch of future Female-oriented HD channel GEM in 2010). However, this branding was replaced by a youth-orientated light-entertainment channel instead. Go!'s programming is generally structured under nightly themed blocks, which currently[when?] consists of comedy on Sunday, all new reality shows on Tuesday, sci-fi on Wednesday, female-skewed drama on Thursday (until the launch of GEM, when it is replaced by Movies themings instead), and movies on Friday. Movies will screen with "limited and brief commercial breaks". The schedule is designed not to cannibalise viewers from the main Nine channel.
It was announced in June 2009 that the Nine Network had signed a $500 million deal with Warner Bros. to continue its current output deal for another five years from 2011 to 2015. The deal helped Nine retain existing content (including many television series and films), as well as providing new content for both its primary channel, GEM (launched in 2010) and Go!. The network also has ongoing content deals with Columbia Pictures and Village Roadshow, and has secured a new content partnership with MTV Networks.
However, in July 2012, Go! was changed to a Reality TV channel. The revised channel included 'reality' content such as nightly and overnightly reruns of Big Brother, Brainiacs, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Survivor, The Block (Including All Stars)' The Voice Australia, Australia's Got Talent and The Great Australian Bake-Off, As A result, reruns of classic Sony Pictures sitcoms including Bewitched, The Nanny, Seinfeld, I Dream Of Jeannie, Just Shoot Me, The Dukes Of Hazzard and Green Acres will no longer air on Go!
Feature classic films broadcast on Go! are sourced from its studio-output deals, including: DreamWorks, DreamWorks Animation (old films), Lions Gate, Paramount Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures (live action films only) and Warner Bros..
the NRL is shown on GO! in Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Tasmania on Friday nights when the cricket is scheduled on GEM.
- 2 Broke Girls (repeats)
- 16 and Pregnant
- Adventure Time
- Angry Birds:The Series
- Australia's Funniest Home Videos
- Australia's Got Talent (Series 7) (repeats)
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold (repeats)
- Ben 10: Alien Force
- Ben 10: Ultimate Alien
- Camp Lazlo (repeats)
- Chuck (Season 2)
- Flash and Dash
- Fringe (Season 3)
- Generator Rex
- Kids' WB
- Kitchen Whiz
- Max Steel
- Pinky and the Brain
- Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain
- Power Rangers Megaforce
- Power Rangers Samurai
- Planet Dinosaur
- Prehistoric Park
- Regular Show
- Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
- Tamagotchi! (English dub of 2009 anime)
- Teen Mom
- The Big Bang Theory (reruns)
- The Block
- The City
- The Cube
- The Great Australian Bake Off (repeats)
- The Hard Times of RJ Berger (Season 1)
- The Hills
- The Looney Tunes Show
- The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack
- The Middle
- The Voice (repeats)
- The Voice
- Top Gear
- Top Gear U.S.
- Total Wipeout
- Two and a Half Men (repeats)
- William & Sparkles' Magical Tales
- Winx Club
- Yamba's Playtime
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal
- 'Allo 'Allo!
- Aliens in America
- Ben 10
- Bewitched (Now screening on GEM)
- Charlie's Angels
- Class of 3000
- Community (Now on SBS2)
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Now screening on GEM)
- CSI: Miami (Now screening on GEM)
- CSI: NY (Now screening on GEM)
- Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Dance Your Ass Off
- Dante's Cove
- Dog the Bounty Hunter
- Drop Dead Diva (now screening on GEM)
- Ed, Edd n Eddy
- Father of the Pride
- Firehouse Tales
- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
- Get Smart (now screening on One)
- Gossip Girl
- Green Acres (Now screening on GEM)
- Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi [Season 3] [5 Unaired Episodes] Only
- I Dream of Jeannie (Now screening on GEM)
- Just Shoot Me!
- Justice League Unlimited
- Josie and the Pussycats
- Krypto the Super Dog
- Legion of Super Heroes
- Little Britain
- Loonatics Unleashed
- Marine Boy
- Married... with Children
- MTV Cribs
- MTV Cribs UK
- My Gym Partner's a Monkey
- Neighbours at War
- New Amsterdam
- Pretty Little Liars
- Reno 911!
- Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
- Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!
- South Park (Seasons 5-9 only)
- Spin City
- Squirrel Boy
- Starsky and Hutch
- Stressed Eric
- Survivor: Gabon
- Survivor: Tocantins
- Sym-Bionic Titan
- Teen Titans
- Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
- The ARIA Music Show
- The Avengers
- The Bachelor
- The Batman
- The Dukes of Hazzard
- The Ellen DeGeneres Show (now screening on GEM)
- The Flintstones
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
- The Life and Times of Juniper Lee
- The Nanny
- The New Adventures of Old Christine (now screening on GEM)
- The Smurfs
- The Vampire Diaries
- The Wire (Season 5 only)
- Tom and Jerry Tales
- Tool Academy
- Top Gear Australia
- Unnatural History
- V (Season 2 only)
- Watchmen: Complete Motion Comic
- Wipeout Australia
- Wipeout USA
- Weeds (now screening on Nine and GEM)
- Wife Swap USA
- Xiaolin Showdown
- Young Justice
- Digimon Fusion (TBA 2013)
- Hi-5 House (October/November 2013)
- Justified (Season 1)
- The Amazing World of Gumball
- The Ultimate Fighter (Season 14 – Team Bisping vs Team Miller)
- Youth Olympic Games (2014 Summer Youth Olympics)
- All the Right Moves (2013)
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