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 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 TBA HDTV
(from June 2016)
Simulcasted, Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced
ABC2/ABC Kids 22 05:00 - 02:00 576i SDTV Youth, Foreign/Nationally Produced
ABC3 23 06:00 - 22:30
ABC News 24 24 24 hours 720p HDTV
(576i SDTV from June 2016)
News Bulletins
Double J 200 Stereo audio Music Radio
ABC Jazz 201
Special Broadcasting Service
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 Simulcasted, Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign Produced
SBS 2 32 576i SDTV Foreign Produced
Food Network 33 Lifestyle, Foreign Produced
NITV 34 Indigenous, Foreign/Nationally Produced
SBS Radio 1 37 Stereo audio News Radio
SBS Radio 2 38
SBS Radio 3 39 Music Radio

Metropolitan commercial broadcasters[edit]

Seven West Media
DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
7 Digital 7 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, coastal Queensland
71
7HD 70 1080i HDTV (MPEG-4)
(from March 2016)
Simulcasted, Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced
7TWO 72 576i SDTV Foreign/Nationally Produced, News Bulletins
7mate 73 1080i HDTV
(576i SDTV from March 2016)
4ME 74 576i SDTV Infomercial
New Channel 76 576i SDTV (MPEG-4) TBA
RACING.COM 78 Horse Racing

4ME Parent Companies: Prime Media Group / Brand New Media. Seven Network feed for regional Queensland STQ services is sourced from the Prime Media Group.

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

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

Ten Network Holdings
DVB name 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
12
TVSN 14 576i SDTV Infomercial
Spree TV 15

Regional and remote area commercial broadcasters[edit]

WIN Corporation (Primary Nine 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, TAS, Eastern SA, Regional/Remote WA and Griffith/Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area
81
9Gem 80 1080i HDTV Foreign/Nationally Produced
eXtra 82 576i SDTV Infomercial
GOLD 84
9Go! 88 Foreign/Nationally Produced
DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
WDT 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/Nationally Produced
ELEVEN 55 576i SDTV
DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
7 6 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Griffith/Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area NSW, Eastern SA
60
61
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 LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
NBN 8 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Northern NSW and Gold Coast
81
9Gem 80 1080i HDTV Foreign/Nationally Produced
eXtra 84 576i SDTV Infomercial
eXtra2 85 Timeshifted, Infomercial
9Go! 88 Foreign/Nationally Produced
DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
9 Digital 9 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Darwin
91
9HD 90 1080i HDTV (MPEG-4) Simulcasted, Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced
9Gem 92 576i SDTV Foreign/Nationally Produced
9Go! 93
99
9Life 94 Lifestyle, Foreign Produced
eXtra 95 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 the Darwin channels.

Southern Cross Austereo (Primary Ten Affiliate)[edit]

DVB name 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
CDT Remote eastern/central service
ONE 1 1080i HDTV Foreign/Nationally Produced Darwin and remote eastern/central service
50 Regional QLD, Northern NSW, Southern NSW, ACT, Regional VIC, Broken Hill/Western SA
TVSN 54 576i SDTV Infomercial
ELEVEN 11 Foreign/Nationally Produced Darwin and remote eastern/central service
55 Regional QLD, Northern NSW, Southern NSW, ACT, Regional VIC, Broken Hill/Western SA
Aspire TV 56 Infomercial
DVB name 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
61
SCTV 6 Tasmania and Western SA/Broken Hill
61
7 Darwin and remote eastern/central service
71
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
RACING.COM 68 576i SDTV (MPEG-4) Horse Racing Tasmania and Western SA/Broken Hill
78 Darwin
DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
SC9 8 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Western SA/Broken Hill
81
9Gem 80 1080i HDTV Foreign/Nationally Produced
9Go! 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 LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
GWN7 6 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, News Bulletins, Foreign/Nationally Produced Regional/Remote WA
60
61
Prime7 6 Northern NSW, Southern NSW, ACT, Regional VIC, Mildura, Regional QLD
60
61
7TWO 62 Foreign/Nationally Produced, News Bulletins Northern NSW, Southern NSW, ACT, Regional VIC, Mildura, Regional QLD, Regional/Remote WA
7mate 63 1080i HDTV
4ME 64 576i SDTV Infomercial
ishop tv 65
RACING.COM 68 576i SDTV (MPEG-4) Horse Racing

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. 4ME is a joint venture with Brand New Media and ishop tv is a joint venture with Brand Developers.

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
91
9Gem 90 1080i HDTV Foreign/Nationally Produced
9Go! 99 576i SDTV

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

Local broadcasters[edit]

Channel 31 Community Television
DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
C31 Melbourne 44 24 hours 576i SDTV Locally Produced, News Bulletins Melbourne, Geelong, surrouding areas
Channel 44 Adelaide, surrounding areas
31 Digital Brisbane, Ipswitch, surrouding areas
West TV Perth
Goolari Media Enterprises
DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
Television 1 40 24 hours 576i SDTV Locally Produced Broome
Television 2 41
Television 3 42
Radio 1 401 Stereo audio News Radio
Radio 2 402
Larakia TV Darwin
DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
Aboriginal TV 41 24 hours 576i SDTV Locally Produced Darwin
Tourism TV 42
Education TV 43
TV NT 44
Larrakia Radio 401 Stereo audio News Radio
National Aboriginal Radio 402 Music Radio
Darwin FM 402 News Radio

VAST miscellaneous broadcasters[edit]

Other national/state government funded
DVB name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Availability
ICTV 601 24 hours 576i SDTV Community/Indigenous Produced Regional and Remote
Westlink 602 Community Regional and Remote WA
RPH 610 Stereo audio News Radio Regional and Remote state localized
NIRS 611 Regional and Remote
3RPH 612
BBC World Service 613
CBAA 614

Discontinued channels[edit]

DVB name LCN Launch date Discontinued date Notes
ACE TV 31
(analogue)
May 1994 Dec 2002 Community television channel cancelled due to licence conditions breach. Replaced by C31 Adelaide (now Channel 44) in 2004.
ABC Kids/
Fly TV
21 1 Aug 2001 30 Jun 2003 Youth focused channel axed due to budget cuts. Replaced by ABC2 on channel 22 in 2005.
SBS Essential 31 14 Oct 2002 25 Jan 2007
Ten Guide 11 1 Jul 2004 20 Nov 2007 DVB EIT used over EPG channel. Replaced by ONE SD in 2009.
Seven Guide 77 6 Sep 2002 4 Jul 2008 DVB EIT used over EPG channel.
Access 31 31
(analogue)
18 Jun 1999 6 August 2008 Community television channel cancelled due to insolvency. Replaced by West TV on digital channel 44 in 2010.
Nine Guide 99 21 Aug 2001 13 Nov 2008 DVB EIT used over EPG channel. Replaced by GO! (now 9Go!) in 2009.
MyTalk 55 13 Apr 2007 25 Feb 2008 DVB EIT used over News and EPG channel in regional only areas.
66
77
TEN HD 1 16 Dec 2007 26 Mar 2009 Replaced by ONE.
SBS World News Channel 32 12 Jun 2002 1 Jun 2009 Replaced by SBS 2.
ONE SD 11 26 Mar 2009 15 Dec 2010 SD simulcast of ONE. Replaced by ELEVEN in 2011.
Rural Health Channel 600 21 May 2012 Jan 2014 VAST channel.
Fresh Ideas TV 78 23 Nov 2013 1 Dec 2014 Metropolitan infomercial channel. Replaced by RACING.COM in 2015.
Television Sydney 44 20 Feb 2006 20 Dec 2015 Community television channel. To be relaunched online in 2016.

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.

Aurora

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 Channel Moved to Channel 47, c. June 2007.
Senate Channel 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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