List of digital television channels in Australia

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This is a list of the current channels available on Digital terrestrial television in Australia.

The commercial channels available to viewers depend on location and station ownership. The process of Aggregation during the late 80s to mid 90s saw regional stations take on affiliations with metropolitan channels for programming, a practice that has continued into digital television with affiliated stations carrying various multichannels from their metropolitan counterparts.

Metropolitan in this list therefore refers to the capitals of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, where stations are owned and operated by the network rather than affiliates.

In areas not covered by terrestrial transmissions, the digital channels are provided by the free-to-view VAST satellite platform. The television channels on this platform are all encoded in H.264 and subject to a MPEG-LA controlled transmission patent licensing tax which is included in the VAST broadcaster cost and varies on viewership figures. The terrestrial transmissions still use H.262 which doesn't incur any addition transmission costs.

Government funded broadcasters[edit]

Australian Broadcasting Corporation
DVB name NorDig

LCN

Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
ABC 2 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Nationwide
21
ABC2 ABC4 22 06:00 - 02:00 Youth/Foreign/Nationally Produced
ABC3 23 06:00 - 21:00
ABC News 24 24 24 hours 720p HDTV News Bulletins
Double J 200 Stereo audio Music Radio
ABC Jazz 201
Special Broadcasting Service
DVB name NorDig

LCN

Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
SBS One 3 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign Produced Nationwide
SBS 3 33
SBS HD 30 1080i HDTV Simulcasted, Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign Produced
SBS Two 32 576i SDTV Foreign Produced
NITV 34 Indigenous/Foreign Produced
SBS Radio 1 37 Stereo audio News Radio
SBS Radio 2 38
SBS Radio 3 39 Music Radio

Metropolitan commercial broadcasters[edit]

Nine Entertainment Co.
DVB name NorDig

LCN

Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
Nine Digital 9 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.
GEM 90 1080i HDTV Foreign/Nationally Produced
Extra 94 576i SDTV Infomercial
Extra 2 95 5 hour delay of Extra Timeshifted, Infomercial
Go! 99 24 hours Foreign/Nationally Produced, News Bulletins

Nine Entertainment Co. also owns Darwin Digital Television [Ten Affiliate] (Joint Venture) and NBN Television in Northern NSW.

Seven West Media
DVB name NorDig

LCN

Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
7 Digital 7 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, Foreign/Nationally Produced Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, coastal Queensland
70
71
7Two 72 Foreign/Nationally Produced, News Bulletins
7mate 73 1080i HDTV
TV4ME 74 576i SDTV Infomercial
Fresh Ideas TV 78

TV4ME Parent Companies: Prime Media Group / Brand New Media. Seven network feed for regional Queensland STQ services is sourced from the Prime Media Group.

Ten Network Holdings
DVB name NorDig

LCN

Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
Ten Digital 10 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth
Eleven 11 Foreign/Nationally Produced
One 1 1080i HDTV Foreign Produced
12
TVSN 14 576i SDTV Infomercial
Spree TV 15

Regional and remote area commercial broadcasters[edit]

WIN Corporation (Primary Nine Affiliate)[edit]

DVB name NorDig

LCN

Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
WIN 8 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Regional QLD, Southern NSW, ACT, Regional VIC, Mildura, TAS, Eastern SA, Regional/Remote WA and Griffith/Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area
GEM 80 1080i HDTV Foreign/Nationally Produced
Gold 2 82 576i SDTV Infomercial
Gold 84
Go! 88 Foreign/Nationally Produced
DVB name NorDig

LCN

Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
TEN 5 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Regional WA, remote Western service, Griffith/Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area, NSW and Mildura, VIC and Eastern SA
ONE 50 1080i HDTV Foreign Produced
ELEVEN 55 576i SDTV Nationally Produced
DVB name NorDig

LCN

Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
Seven 6 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Griffith/Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area NSW, Eastern SA
7TWO 62 576i SDTV Foreign/Nationally Produced, News Bulletins
7mate 63 1080i HDTV

WIN Corporation also owns: Seven Griffith, Ten Griffith, Seven SA (Eastern SA), Ten SA (Eastern SA), Ten West (Regional WA - Joint Venture), Mildura Digital Television [Ten Affiliate] (Joint Venture), Tasmanian Digital Television [Ten Affiliate] (Joint Venture). For complete commercial coverage of the Griffith, NSW, Mildura, VIC, Mt. Gambier, SA and Riverland, SA areas.

NBN Television (Northern NSW, Gold Coast, QLD and Darwin Nine Affiliate)[edit]

DVB name NorDig

LCN

Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
NBN Digital 8 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Northern NSW and Gold Coast
GEM 80 1080i HDTV Foreign/Nationally Produced
Extra 84 576i SDTV Infomercial
Extra 2 85 5 hour delay
of Extra
Timeshifted, Infomercial
Go! 88 24 hours Foreign/Nationally Produced
Nine Digital 9 Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Darwin
GEM 90 1080i HDTV Foreign/Nationally Produced
Extra 94 576i SDTV Infomercial
Extra 2 95 5 hour delay
of Extra
Timeshifted, Infomercial
Go! 99 24 hours Foreign/Nationally Produced

NBN Television is owned by Nine Entertainment Co and is the source of the network feed provided to the Imparja and Southern Cross remote services as well as the Darwin channels.

Southern Cross Austereo (Primary Ten Affiliate)[edit]

DVB name NorDig

LCN

Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
SC10 5 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Regional QLD, Northern NSW, Southern NSW, ACT, Regional VIC, Broken Hill/Western SA
TDT Tasmania
DDT 10 Darwin
TEN Central Remote eastern/central service
TVSN 54 Infomercial Regional QLD, Northern NSW, Southern NSW, ACT, Regional VIC, Broken Hill/Western SA
Eleven 55 Foreign/Nationally Produced
Aspire TV 56 Infomercial Regional QLD, Northern NSW, Southern NSW, ACT, Regional VIC
One 50 1080i HDTV Foreign Produced Regional QLD, Northern NSW, Southern NSW, ACT, Regional VIC, Broken Hill/Western SA
1 Darwin and remote eastern/central service
Eleven 11 576i SDTV
DVB name NorDig

LCN

Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
GTS BKN 6 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Western SA/Broken Hill
SCTV Tasmania
7 Darwin and remote eastern/central service
7Two 62 Foreign/Nationally Produced, News Bulletins Tasmania and Western SA/Broken Hill
72 Darwin and remote eastern/central service
7mate 60 1080i HDTV Tasmania and Western SA/Broken Hill
70 Darwin and remote eastern/central service
TVSN 64 576i SDTV Infomercial Tasmania
74 Darwin
Aspire TV 66 Tasmania and Western SA/Broken Hill
76 Darwin
DVB name NorDig

LCN

Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
SC Nine 8 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Western SA/Broken Hill
GEM 80 1080i HDTV Foreign/Nationally Produced
Go! 88 576i SDTV

Southern Cross Austereo also owns Nine SA (Western SA/Broken Hill), Tasmanian Digital Television [Ten Affiliate] (Joint Venture), Darwin Digital Television [Ten Affiliate] (Joint Venture), Ten Central (Joint Venture). Seven network feed is sourced from the Prime Media Group and the Nine network feed is sourced from NBN Television.

Prime Media Group (Primary Seven Affiliate)[edit]

DVB name NorDig

LCN

Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
GWN7 6 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Regional/Remote WA
Prime7 6 Northern NSW, Southern NSW, ACT, Regional VIC, Mildura, outer Gold Coast
60
61
7 6 outer Sunshine Coast and Toowooba
60
61
7Two 62 576i SDTV Foreign/Nationally Produced, News Bulletins Northern NSW, Southern NSW, ACT, Regional VIC, Mildura, Regional Queensland, Regional/Remote WA
7mate 63 1080i HDTV
TV4ME 64 576i SDTV Infomercial
Ishoptv 65 Northern NSW, Southern NSW, ACT, Regional VIC, outer Gold Coast

Prime Media Group also owns Ten West (Regional WA - Joint Venture), Mildura Digital Television [Ten Affiliate] (Joint Venture). Provides Seven network feed to Southern Cross Tasmanian, Darwin and remote services. Also provides Seven network feed to STQ regional Queensland services. TV4ME and Ishoptv are in conjunction with Brand New Media.

Imparja Television (Remote Nine Affiliate)[edit]

DVB name NorDig

LCN

Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
Imparja 9 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Remote eastern/central service
91
GEM 90 1080i HDTV Foreign/Nationally Produced
Go! 99 576i SDTV

Imparja Television also owns Ten Central (Joint Venture). Nine network feed is sourced from NBN Television.

Local broadcasters[edit]

DVB name NorDig

LCN

Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
TVS 44 24 hours 576i SDTV Locally Produced, News Bulletins Sydney (Gore Hill transmitter)
C31 Melbourne (Mt Dandenong and Como Centre, South Yarra transmitters)
44 Adelaide 08:00 - 23:30 Adelaide (Crafers transmitter)
31 Digital 24 hours Brisbane (Mt Coot-tha transmitter)
West TV 07:00 - 00:00 Perth (Carmel transmitter)
Goolari Media Enterprises
DVB name NorDig

LCN

Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
Television 1 40 24 hours 576i SDTV Locally Produced Broome, WA
Television 2 41
Television 3 42
Radio 1 401 Stereo audio News Radio
Radio 2 402
Larakia TV Darwin
DVB name NorDig

LCN

Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
Larakia TV 41 24 hours 576i SDTV Locally Produced Darwin, NT
Tourism TV 42
Education TV 43
TV NT 44
Larakia Radio 401 Stereo audio News Radio
AIR Radio 402 Music Radio
Darwin FM 402 News Radio

VAST miscellaneous broadcasters[edit]

Other national/state government funded
DVB name NorDig

LCN

Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
Rural Health Channel 600 24 hours per week 576i SDTV Community Regional and Remote eastern/central
Indigenous Community Television 601 24 hours Community/Indigenous Produced Regional and Remote
Westlink 602 24 hours per week Community Regional and Remote Western Australia
RPH 610 24 hours Stereo audio News Radio Regional and Remote state localized
National Indigenous Radio Service 611 Regional and Remote
3RPH 612
BBC World Service 613
CBAA 614

Discontinued channels[edit]

DVB name Discontinued date Discontinued reason
ABC Kids Fly TV 30 Jun 2003 Youth focused channel was axed due to budget cuts. Replaced with ABC2 in 2005.
MyTalk 25 Feb 2008 DVB EIT used over News and EPG channel in regional only areas.
SBS Essential 25 Jan 2007 DVB EIT used over EPG channel.
Ten Guide 20 Nov 2007
Seven Guide 4 Jul 2008
Nine Guide 13 Nov 2008
Ten HD 26 Mar 2009 Replaced by One.
SBS World News Channel 1 Jun 2009 Replaced by SBS Two.
ABC HD 6–8 Jul 2010 Replaced by ABC News 24.
Seven HD 25 Sep 2010 Replaced by 7mate.
Nine HD 26 Sep 2010 Replaced by GEM.
One SD 15 Dec 2010 Replaced by Eleven.

Digital 44 trialed channels[edit]

The following channels were only available in Sydney as the Digital 44 suite of channels. Prior to the end of the datacast trial on 30 April 2010.

DVB name Notes
TAB Channel Discontinued during Feb 2005
Macquarie Digital Discontinued on 11 Jun 2007
DTV Guide VPG channel.
NITV Moved to SBS multiplexed transport.
Digital 44: ABC News, Sport & Weather Non-commercial only.
Digital 44 Homepage
Teachers TV Launched November 2008.
Australian Christian Channel Still available via subscription satellite and Internet streaming.
EXPO Still available via FoxTel FTA satellite.
House of Representatives Moved to Channel 47, c. June 2007.
Senate Moved to Channel 48, c. June 2007.
House of Representatives Main Committee Room Discontinued prior to trial end.
Committee Rooms 1-4

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