|Launched||1 June 2009|
|Owned by||Special Broadcasting Service|
|Picture format||PAL (576i) 16:9|
|Replaced||SBS World News Channel|
|Sister channel(s)||SBS One
|Freeview SBS (virtual)||32|
In a statement made by SBS in early 2009 they announced plans for SBS World would replace SBS World News Channel. On 26 April 2009, Freeview's website and advertisements showed that the channel will be called SBS Two.
On 12 May 2009, SBS revealed programming details for the SBS Two launch. This included a 5-minute feature at 6 pm called SBS 2 Launch: What is SBS2? then the Academy Award winning short film Harvie Krumpet. On 1 June 2009, the SBS World News Channel ended broadcast and went into a loop of advertising for SBS Two before the official launch later that day. SBS had originally planned for the channel to focus on Asia-Pacific speciality shows, international children's programming and English learning programmes.
On 20 February 2013, SBS announced major changes to the programming on SBS Two, with essentially a relaunch as a bold, provocative channel for younger audiences aged 16–39 from 1 April 2013. In 2015, they screened the Australian documentary series Hipsters.
In addition to expanded international news programs during the day (including bulletins in Hindi, Korean, Macedonian, Polish and Portuguese languages), SBS Two screens documentary series, drama series and international films each night under themed programming blocks.
In April 2013, SBS Two relaunched targeting a younger audience, now airing various TV shows, including Bullet in the Face, Don't Tell My Mother, The Tales of Nights, Russell Howard's Good News, South Park, The Midnight Beast, Skins, Him & Her, Threesome, If You Are the One (A Chinese program "非诚勿扰", version of the 1980s Australian game show Perfect Match), Housos, The Office, Parks and Recreation, Home and Away (two years before Seven's airing) and Community.
From its formation in 2009, SBS Two has featured all stages of the Tour de France with full broadcasting rights in conjunction with SBS One, as well as exclusive UEFA Champions League matches as of the 2009–10 season. In 2010, SBS Two aired repeat matches from the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa with full broadcasting rights in conjunction with SBS One. The channel has also broadcast regular episodes of The World Game since the programs reformatting in August 2010; regular weekly shows, in addition to various major footballing events. Other major events have included the FIFA Club World Cup and various international cup competitions.
In March 2013, SBS Two began broadcasting the ANZ Championship live Sunday afternoon’s 12.00pm AEST (10am AWST, depending on daylight savings) match simultaneously. It gave netball fans across the nation the chance to keep viewing the sport on free to air TV after Network Ten dumped it saying it wasn't popular enough to keep it, which lead to no broadcast partner for the 2013 season until the very last minute which saw SBS struck a deal to broadcast the 2013 & 2014 seasons with conjunction with Fox Sports Australia. SBS also has rights to the ANZ Championship finals & International test matches on its free-to-air television network.
SBS Two aired some matches from the 2014 FIFA World Cup, in conjunction with SBS One, and is also expected to air games of upcoming World Cups, with the acquisition of full broadcasting rights to the 2014, 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup by SBS.
- New digital TV channel SBS2 due soon for 'best of the world' SBS. Accessed 30 March 2009.
- Future Announcement. SBS's Plans for the Future SBS. Accessed 22 February 2009.
- "SBS 2 pushes boundaries for younger audiences". www.sbs.com.au. Retrieved 4 March 2013.