West Digital Television
|West Digital Television|
|Launched||10 June 2010|
|Owned by||Prime Media Group
(West Digital Television Pty Ltd)
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Audience share||8.3% (2013, )|
|Broadcast area||Bunbury, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Regional and Remote Western Australia, Cocos/Keeling Is., Christmas Is.|
|Headquarters||Bunbury, Western Australia|
|SDW Bunbury (DVB-T)||2613 @ 37 (592.5 MHz)|
|GDW Geraldton (DVB-T)||2613 @ 45 (648.5 MHz)|
|VDW Kalgoorlie (DVB-T)||2613 @ 9 (198.625 MHz)|
West Digital Television, commonly referred to as Ten West, is an Australian digital television network jointly owned by Prime Media Group and WIN Corporation. It broadcasts free-to-air on a number of digital terrestrial transmitters in regional and remote areas of Western Australia, as well as free-to-view on the Viewer Access Satellite Television service. The network is an affiliate of Network Ten, broadcasting a direct feed of NEW-10 Perth.
The digital-only network is similar to other joint ventures already available in Tasmania, Mildura, Darwin and Central and Eastern Australia. As GWN7 consists of three different stations licensed in Albany/Bunbury, Kalgoorlie and Geraldton, and a fourth licensed to the rest of the state as part of the Remote Commercial Television License scheme, West Digital Television's network is made up of four separate stations. Each of the four stations trade as West Digital Television Pty Ltd.
On 18 June 2009, the Australian Communications and Media Authority allocated new television broadcasting licences to a joint venture company owned by Prime Media and WIN Television. The company, named West Digital Television, launched Ten West on Thursday 10 June 2010 as part of the initial introduction of digital commercial television in Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Mawson Trig and Mingenew.
West Digital Television launched Ten West on the Viewer Access Satellite Television platform in April 2011. Multi-channels One and Eleven were launched on Thursday 28 July 2011, the same day digital commercial television commenced in Bunbury.
West Digital Television operates four television stations in regional and remote areas of Western Australia - SDW in the South West, VDW in the Goldfields, GDW in the Mid West and WDW for the remaining areas of the state. The stations are based on GWN7's separate licence areas and all broadcast identical Ten West, One and Eleven free-to-air digital television channels. Terrestrial transmissions are available in many regional cities and towns, including Albany, Broome, Bunbury, Carnarvon, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Merredin, as well as others.
The network is also broadcasts the same channels free-to-view on the Viewer Access Satellite Television service. The satellite service can be accessed by eligible viewers in the Western Australia TV3 licence area, which includes the entire state of WA, Christmas Island and Cocos/Keeling Islands.
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