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 additional transmission costs, but select channels are broadcast terrestrially in H.264.

Government funded broadcasters[edit]

Australian Broadcasting Corporation[edit]

DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
ABC 2 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Nationwide
21
ABC HD 20 1080i HDTV
(MPEG-4)
Simulcast, Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced
ABC2 22 17:30 – 02:00 576i SDTV Foreign/Nationally Produced
ABC Kids 05:00 – 19:30 Children, Foreign/Nationally Produced
ABC Me 23 06:00 – 22:30 Youth, Foreign/Nationally Produced
ABC News 24 24 hours News Bulletins
Double J 200 Stereo audio Music Radio
ABC Jazz 201

Special Broadcasting Service[edit]

DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
SBS 3 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign Produced Nationwide
SBS HD 30 1080i HDTV
(MPEG-4)
Simulcast, Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign Produced
SBS Viceland HD 31 Simulcast, Foreign Produced
SBS Viceland 32 576i SDTV Foreign Produced
Food Network 33 Lifestyle, Foreign Produced
NITV 34 Indigenous, Foreign/Nationally Produced
SBS Arabic24 36 Stereo audio News Radio
SBS Radio 1 37
SBS Radio 2 38
SBS Radio 3 39 Music Radio

Metropolitan commercial broadcasters[edit]

Seven West Media (including Regional QLD)[edit]

DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
Seven 7 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Regional QLD
70 Regional QLD
71 Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Regional QLD
6 Sunshine Coast QLD
60
61
7HD 70 1080i HDTV
(MPEG-4)
Simulcast, Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth
7TWO 72 576i SDTV Foreign/Nationally Produced Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Regional QLD
62 Sunshine Coast QLD
7mate 73 Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth
1080i HDTV Regional QLD
63 Sunshine Coast QLD
7flix 76 576i SDTV Movies and Entertainment Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Regional QLD
66 Sunshine Coast QLD
Racing.com 78 576i SDTV
(MPEG-4)
Datacast, Horse Racing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Regional QLD
68 Sunshine Coast QLD

Racing.com is a joint venture with Racing Victoria. Seven Network feed for STQ regional Queensland is sourced from the Prime Media Group. STQ services broadcast on 6x LCNs in Sunshine Coast QLD where signal overlap with BTQ Brisbane occurs.

Nine Entertainment Co. (including Darwin)[edit]

DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
Nine 9 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin
91
9HD 90 1080i HDTV
(MPEG-4)
Simulcast, Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced
9Gem 92 576i SDTV Foreign/Nationally Produced
9Go! 93
99
9Life 94 Lifestyle, Foreign/Nationally Produced Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth
Extra 95 Datacast, Infomercial Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin

Nine Entertainment Co. also owns DTD [Ten affiliate] (joint venture with Southern Cross Austereo) in Darwin and NBN Television in Northern NSW and Gold Coast QLD.

Ten Network Holdings[edit]

DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
Ten 10 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth
Eleven 11 Foreign/Nationally Produced
One 1
12
Ten HD 13 1080i HDTV
(MPEG-4)
Simulcast, Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced
TVSN 14 576i SDTV Datacast, Infomercial
Spree TV 15

Eleven is a joint venture with CBS Studios International. TVSN is owned by Direct Group. Spree TV is a joint venture with Brand Developers.

Regional and remote area commercial broadcasters[edit]

Prime Media Group (Seven affiliate)[edit]

DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
Prime7 6 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Northern NSW/Gold Coast QLD, Southern NSW/ACT, Regional VIC, Mildura VIC/Sunraysia
60
61
GWN7 6 Regional/Remote WA
7TWO 62 Foreign/Nationally Produced Northern NSW/Gold Coast QLD, Southern NSW/ACT, Regional VIC, Mildura VIC/Sunraysia, Regional/Remote WA
7mate 63 1080i HDTV
ishop tv 65 576i SDTV
(MPEG-4)
Datacast, Infomercial
Racing.com 68 Datacast, Horse Racing

Prime Media Group also owns WDT and MDV [Nine affiliates] (joint ventures with WIN Corporation). Provides Seven Network feed to Seven STQ regional Queensland as well as Southern Cross TNT Tasmania, TND Darwin and QQQ remote services. ishop tv is a joint venture with Brand Developers.

Southern Cross Austereo (Primary Nine affiliate)[edit]

DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
SC Nine 5 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Regional QLD, Southern NSW/ACT, Regional VIC
51
8 Spencer Gulf SA/Broken Hill NSW
9HD 50 1080i HDTV
(MPEG-4)
Simulcast, Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Regional QLD, Southern NSW/ACT, Regional VIC
9Gem 52 576i SDTV Foreign/Nationally Produced Regional QLD, Southern NSW/ACT, Regional VIC
80 1080i HDTV Spencer Gulf SA/Broken Hill NSW
9Go! 53 576i SDTV Regional QLD, Southern NSW/ACT, Regional VIC
88 Spencer Gulf SA/Broken Hill NSW
9Life 54 576i SDTV
(MPEG-4)
Lifestyle, Foreign/Nationally Produced Regional QLD, Southern NSW/ACT, Regional VIC
Aspire TV 56 Datacast, Infomercial
DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
Southern Cross 6 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Tasmania, Spencer Gulf SA/Broken Hill NSW
61 Tasmania
7 Darwin, Remote eastern/central service
SCHD 60 1080i HDTV
(MPEG-4)
Simulcast, Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Tasmania
7TWO 62 576i SDTV Foreign/Nationally Produced Tasmania, Spencer Gulf SA/Broken Hill NSW
72 Darwin, Remote eastern/central service
7mate 63 Tasmania
60 1080i HDTV Spencer Gulf SA/Broken Hill NSW
70 Darwin, Remote eastern/central service
TVSN 75 576i SDTV
(MPEG-4)
Datacast, Infomercial Darwin
Racing.com 68 Datacast, Horse Racing Tasmania, Spencer Gulf SA/Broken Hill NSW
78 Darwin
DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
NRN 5 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Northern NSW/Gold Coast QLD
51
SGS/SCN 5 Spencer Gulf SA/Broken Hill NSW
One 50 Foreign/Nationally Produced Northern NSW/Gold Coast QLD
1080i HDTV Spencer Gulf SA/Broken Hill NSW
Ten HD 52 1080i HDTV
(MPEG-4)
Simulcast, Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Northern NSW/Gold Coast QLD
Eleven 55 576i SDTV Foreign/Nationally Produced Northern NSW/Gold Coast QLD,
Spencer Gulf SA/Broken Hill NSW
Aspire TV 56 576i SDTV
(MPEG-4)
Datacast, Infomercial Northern NSW/Gold Coast QLD
TVSN 57 Northern NSW/Gold Coast QLD,
Spencer Gulf SA/Broken Hill NSW

Southern Cross Austereo also owns TDT [Nine affiliate], CDT and DTD [Ten affiliates] (joint ventures with WIN Corporation, Imparja Television and Nine Entertainment Co. respectively). Seven Network feed is sourced from the Prime Media Group and the Nine Network feed is sourced from NBN Television.

NBN Television (Northern NSW and Gold Coast QLD Nine affiliate)[edit]

DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
NBN 8 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Northern NSW/Gold Coast QLD
81
9HD 80 1080i HDTV
(MPEG-4)
Simulcast, Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced
9Gem 82 576i SDTV Foreign/Nationally Produced
9Go! 83
88
9Life 84 Lifestyle, Foreign/Nationally Produced
Extra 85 Datacast, Infomercial

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 Nine Darwin.

Imparja Television (Remote Nine affiliate)[edit]

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

Imparja Television also owns CDT [Ten affiliate] (joint venture with Southern Cross Austereo). Nine Network feed is sourced from NBN Television.

WIN Corporation (Primary Ten affiliate)[edit]

DVB name 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 VIC/Sunraysia, Tasmania, Eastern SA, Regional/Remote WA, Griffith NSW/Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area
88
WIN HD 80 1080i HDTV
(MPEG-4)
Simulcast, Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced
One 81 576i SDTV Foreign/Nationally Produced
86
Eleven 82
WIN Network 83 Infographic Placeholder
TVSN 84 Datacast, Infomercial
WIN Gold 85 576i SDTV
(MPEG-4)
DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
SES/RTS 6 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Eastern SA
MTN Griffith NSW/Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area
7mate 60 1080i HDTV Foreign/Nationally Produced, News Bulletins Eastern SA, Griffith NSW/Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area
7TWO 66 576i SDTV
DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
SDS/RDS 5 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Eastern SA
MDN Griffith NSW/Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area
9Gem 50 1080i HDTV Foreign/Nationally Produced Eastern SA, Griffith NSW/Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area
9Go! 55 576i SDTV

WIN Corporation also owns MDV and WDT [Nine affiliates] (joint ventures with Prime Media Group) and TDT [Nine affiliate] (joint venture with Southern Cross Austereo).

Joint venture stations[edit]

Nine affiliates
DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
MDV 5 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Mildura VIC/Sunraysia
TDT 5 Tasmania
51
WDT 5 Regional/Remote WA
9HD 50 1080i HDTV
(MPEG-4)
Simulcast, Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Tasmania
9Gem 50 1080i HDTV Foreign/Nationally Produced Mildura VIC/Sunraysia, Regional/Remote WA
52 576i SDTV Tasmania
9Go! 53
55 Mildura VIC/Sunraysia, Regional/Remote WA
Ten affiliates
DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
CDT 10 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Remote eastern/central service
DTD Darwin
One 1 1080i HDTV Foreign/Nationally Produced Remote eastern/central service, Darwin
Eleven 11 576i SDTV

MDV and WDT are joint ventures between Prime Media Group and WIN Corporation. TDT is a joint venture between Southern Cross Austereo and WIN Corporation. CDT is a joint venture between Imparja Television and Southern Cross Austereo. DTD is a joint venture between Nine Entertainment Co. and Southern Cross Austereo.

Local broadcasters[edit]

Community Television
DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
C31 Melbourne 44 24 hours 576i SDTV Locally Produced, News Bulletins Melbourne, Geelong and surrounding areas
Channel 44 Adelaide and surrounding areas
West TV Perth and surrounding areas

Licensing for all remaining community television stations will end on 30 June 2017. Henceforth these services will only be available via their online live stream services.[1]

Aboriginal Broadcasting Australia
DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
Aboriginal TV 4 24 hours 576i SDTV Locally Produced Darwin
Darwin TV 41
Tourism TV 42
Education TV 43
Radio Larrakia 401 Stereo audio Music and News Radio
X Stream Radio 402 Music Radio
Aboriginal Radio 403 Music Radio
Goolarri Media Enterprises
DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
GTV 40 24 hours 576i SDTV Locally Produced Broome
Nurlu 41
GTV HD 42 1080i HDTV
Radio Goolari 43 Stereo audio Music and News Radio
Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal Corporation
DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
Ngarda TV 24 hours 576i SDTV Locally Produced Roebourne WA and surrounding areas
Snowy Mountains Television
DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
SMTV 350 24 hours 576i SDTV Locally Produced Jindabyne NSW

VAST satellite miscellaneous broadcasters[edit]

Other national/state government funded
DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
ICTV 601 24 hours 576i SDTV Locally Produced Regional/Remote WA, Remote eastern/central service
Westlink 602 Regional/Remote WA

Discontinued channels[edit]

DVB name LCN Launch date Discontinued date Notes
ABC Kids 21 1 Aug 2001 30 Jun 2003 Youth focused sister channels. ABC Kids aired 6am to 6pm, Fly TV aired 6pm to 6am. Axed due to budget cuts. Replaced by ABC2 in 2005 (now on LCN 22).
Fly TV 1 Nov 2001
SBS Essential 31 14 Oct 2002 25 Jan 2007
Ten Guide 11 1 Jul 2004 20 Nov 2007 EIT channel. Replaced by Ten SD2.
ABC Guide 20 30 May 2006 8 Feb 2008 EIT channel aired during off-air periods of ABC HD and ABC2.
21
MyTalk 55 13 Apr 2007 25 Feb 2008 EIT channel in regional Southern Cross Media (now Southern Cross Austereo) areas.
66
77
Seven Guide 77 6 Sep 2002 4 Jul 2008 EIT channel.
Nine Guide 99 21 Aug 2001 13 Nov 2008 EIT channel. Replaced by GO! (now 9Go! on LCN 93) in 2009.
Ten SD2 11 16 Dec 2007 25 Mar 2009 SD simulcast of Ten HD. Replaced by One SD in 2009.
SBS World News Channel 32 12 Jun 2002 1 Jun 2009 Broadcast on LCN 33 until 29 January 2009. Replaced by SBS Two (now SBS Viceland).
Prime HD 60 15 Oct 2007 25 Sep 2010 HD simulcast of Prime Television (now Prime7). HD channel space replaced by 7mate on LCN 63.
One SD 12 26 Mar 2009 15 Dec 2010 SD simulcast of One HD (now One). Replaced by a HD simulcast of One HD (previously on LCN 11, replaced by Eleven).
3D trials 40 19 May 2010 19 Jul 2010 Shared 3D broadcasts by Nine Network (and affiliates WIN Television and NBN Television) and SBS Television. Available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth (for Nine and SBS's 3D trials), Newcastle (for NBN's 3D trial), Wollongong (for WIN's 3D trial).
25 Sep 2010 3D broadcast of the 2010 AFL Grand Final by the Seven Network. Available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
95 16 Jul 2012 23 Aug 2012 3D broadcast of Nine's coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics. Available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Gold Coast.
Rural Health Channel 600 21 May 2012 Jan 2014 VAST channel.
Fresh Ideas TV 78 23 Nov 2013 1 Dec 2014 Metropolitan infomercial datacast. Replaced by Racing.com in 2015.
Extra 2 95 28 Mar 2013 26 Nov 2015 Five-hour timeshift of Extra. Replaced by Extra (moved from LCN 94 and 84 respectively).
85 1 Mar 2016
Gold 2 82 13 Jul 2013 19 Jan 2016 Five-hour timeshift of Gold. Replaced by Extra (later moved to LCN 85).
4ME 64 18 Sep 2011 30 Apr 2016 Infomercial datacast. Replaced by a simulcast of ishop tv, discontinued June 2016.
74 Dec 2011 19 May 2016 Infomercial datacast. Prime7-owned channel broadcast by Seven into metropolitan markets.
Yesshop 55 1 Aug 2016 30 Sep 2016 Infomercial datacast. New Zealand-based channel broadcast by Southern Cross Austereo. NZ owner folded due to company losses and lack of funds.
64
74

Digital Forty Four[edit]

Main article: Digital Forty Four

The following channels were only available in Sydney as the Digital Forty Four suite of channels. The datacast trial began on 17 March 2004 and ended on 30 April 2010.

Channel lineup prior to trial end
DVB name LCN Launch date Discontinued date Notes
Channel 4 4 2008 30 Apr 2010 Video program guide for free-to-air and D44 channels.
NITV 40 27 Oct 2008 30 Apr 2010 Existing subscription channel added to D44 service. Remains available on subscription satellite and cable television. Available free-to-air on LCN 33 via SBS since 12 December 2012.
ABC News, Sport and Weather 41 17 Mar 2004 30 Apr 2010 Text only.
D44 Homepage 42 17 Mar 2004 30 Apr 2010 Broadcast on LCN 44 prior to addition of TVS in March 2010.
Television Sydney 44 Mar 2010 30 Apr 2010 Existing digital community television channel added to D44 service.
Teachers TV 45 3 Nov 2008 30 Apr 2010 Broadcast on LCN 47 (shared with House of Representatives channel) until 30 June 2009.
Australian Christian Channel 46 2004 30 Apr 2010 Existing subscription channel added to D44 service. Still available on subscription satellite and cable television. Broadcast on LCN 47 (shared with House of Representatives channel) until 30 June 2009.
Federal Parliament House of Representatives 47 17 Mar 2004 30 Apr 2010 Live video/audio feed of House of Representatives sessions. Broadcast on LCN 401 until 3 November 2008, LCN 47 shared with Teachers TV from 2008-09 (broadcast when the House was not in session).
Federal Parliament Senate 48 17 Mar 2004 30 Apr 2010 Live video/audio feed of Senate sessions. Broadcast on LCN 402 until 3 November 2008.
Expo 49 2006 30 Apr 2010 Existing subscription shopping channel added to D44 service. Still available on Foxtel subscription television.

Community television[edit]

The following channels were community-based broadcasters that were available on digital television in the metropolitan cities. Licensing for all remaining community television stations will end on 30 June 2017. Some remain available via online video on demand services.

DVB name LCN Launch date Discontinued date Notes
Television Sydney 44 20 Feb 2006 20 Dec 2015 Broadcast in Sydney, Southern Highlands, Blue Mountains and Central Coast.
31 Digital 31 Jul 1994 28 Feb 2017 Broadcast in Brisbane and surrounding areas. Still available online as Queensland Online TV.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Knox, David (15 December 2016). "New switch-off date for Community TV". TV Tonight. Retrieved 18 December 2016. 

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