List of digital television channels in Australia

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 with the exception of the Nine Network stations in Adelaide and Perth, 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.

National broadcasters

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Channel name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Notes
ABC1 2, 21 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, General Entertainment
ABC2 22 19:00 - 02:00 576i SDTV General Entertainment Shared channel service with ABC 4 Kids.
ABC 4 Kids 22 06:00 - 19:00 576i SDTV Children's programming Shared channel service with ABC2.
ABC3 23 06:00 - 21:00 576i SDTV Children's programming
ABC News 24 24 24 hours 720p HDTV News
ABC Dig Music 200 24 hours Audio only Radio
ABC Jazz 201 24 hours Audio only Radio

Special Broadcasting Service

Channel name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Notes
SBS One 3, 33 05:00 - 02:00 576i SDTV Primary Channel, General Entertainment, Foreign Language LCN 33 listed as SBS3, but displays SBS One broadcast stream.
SBS HD 30 05:00 - 02:00 1080i HDTV High Definition simulcast of SBS One
SBS Two 32 06:30 - 01:00 576i SDTV General Entertainment, Foreign Language
NITV 34 24 hours 576i SDTV Indigenous programming
SBS Radio 1 37 24 hours Audio only Radio
SBS Radio 2 38 24 hours Audio only Radio
SBS Radio 3 39 24 hours Audio only Radio

Main commercial broadcasters

Seven West Media

Channel name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Notes
Seven Network 7, 70, 71 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, General Entertainment Availability: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Regional Queensland.
7Two 72 24 hours 576i SDTV General Entertainment
7mate 73 24 hours 1080i HDTV General Entertainment
TV4ME 74 24 hours 576i SDTV Datacasting TV4ME Parent Companies: Prime Media Group / Brand New Media.

Nine Entertainment Co.

Channel name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Notes
Nine Network 9 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, General Entertainment Availability: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin.
Services branded Nine Adelaide and Nine Perth are provided by WIN Corporation.
GEM 90 24 hours 1080i HDTV General Entertainment
Extra 94 24 Hours 576i SDTV Datacasting
Extra 2 95 24 Hours 576i SDTV Datacasting Five-hour timeshifted version of eXtra
Go! 99 24 hours 576i SDTV General Entertainment

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

Ten Network Holdings

Channel name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Notes
Network Ten 10 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, General Entertainment Availability: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth.
Eleven 11 24 hours 576i SDTV General Entertainment
One 1, 12 24 hours 1080i HDTV General Entertainment
TVSN 14 24 hours 576i SDTV Datacasting
Spree TV 15 24 hours 576i SDTV Datacasting

Regional and remote area commercial broadcasters

WIN Corporation

Channel name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Notes
WIN Television (Nine Affiliate) 8 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, General Entertainment Availability: Regional QLD, Southern NSW, ACT, Regional VIC, Mildura, TAS, Eastern SA, Regional/Remote WA, Griffith/Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area, Adelaide, and Perth
Adelaide and Perth branded as Nine Adelaide, and Nine Perth. LCN: 9
GEM 80 24 hours 1080i HDTV General Entertainment Adelaide/Perth LCN: 90
Gold 2 82 24 Hours 576i SDTV Datacasting Adelaide/Perth LCN: 92
Gold 84 24 Hours 576i SDTV Datacasting Adelaide/Perth LCN: 94
Go! 88 24 hours 576i SDTV General Entertainment Adelaide/Perth LCN: 99

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).

NBN Television

Channel name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Notes
NBN Television (Nine Affiliate) 8 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, General Entertainment Availability: Northern NSW
GEM 80 24 hours 1080i HDTV General Entertainment
Extra 84 24 Hours 576i SDTV Datacasting
Go! 88 24 hours 576i SDTV General Entertainment

NBN Television is owned by Nine Entertainment Co.

Prime Media Group

Channel name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Notes
Prime7 (Seven Affiliate) 6, 60, 61 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, General Entertainment Availability: Northern NSW, Southern NSW, ACT, Regional VIC, Mildura
GWN7 (Seven Affiliate) 6 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, General Entertainment Availability: Regional/Remote WA
7Two 62 24 hours 576i SDTV General Entertainment
7mate 63 24 hours 1080i HDTV General Entertainment
TV4ME 64 24 hours 576i SDTV Datacasting In conjunction with Brand New Media
Ishop tv 65 24 hours 576i SDTV Datacasting In conjunction with Brand Developers
Availability: Northern NSW, Southern NSW, ACT, Regional VIC

Prime Media Group also owns Ten West (Regional WA - Joint Venture), Mildura Digital Television [Ten Affiliate] (Joint Venture).

Southern Cross Austereo

Channel name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Notes
Southern Cross Ten
(Ten Affiliate)
5 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, General Entertainment Availability: Regional QLD, Northern NSW, Southern NSW, ACT, Regional VIC, Broken Hill/Western SA
TVSN 54 24 hours 576i SDTV Datacasting
Eleven 55 24 hours 576i SDTV General Entertainment
Aspire TV 56 24 hours 576i SDTV Datacasting
One 50 24 hours 1080i HDTV General Entertainment
Channel name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Notes
Southern Cross Television (Seven Affiliate) 6 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, General Entertainment Availability: TAS, Darwin, Western SA/Broken Hill, Remote Central and Eastern Australia
Remote areas LCN: 7
7Two 62 24 hours 576i SDTV General Entertainment Remote areas LCN: 72
7mate 60 24 hours 1080i HDTV General Entertainment Remote areas LCN: 70

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).

Imparja Television

Channel name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Notes
Imparja Television (Nine Affiliate) 9 24 hours 576i SDTV Primary Channel, General Entertainment Availability: Remote Central and Eastern Australia
GEM 90 24 hours 1080i HDTV General Entertainment
Go! 99 24 hours 576i SDTV General Entertainment

Imparja Television also owns Ten Central (Joint Venture).

Community channels

Channel name LCN Broadcast hours Format Programming content Service area Notes
TVS 44 24 hours 576i SDTV Community TV Sydney Only available from Sydney Transmitter site at Gore Hill.
C31 24 hours Melbourne Available from Melbourne Transmitter site at Mt Dandenong.
Also available from South Yarra Retransmission site at the Como Centre.
44 Adelaide 08:00 - 23:30 Adelaide Only available from Adelaide Main Transmitter site at Crafers.
31 Digital 24 hours Brisbane Only available from Brisbane Main Transmitter site at Mt Coot-tha.
West TV 07:00 - 00:00 Perth Only available from Perth Transmitter site at Carmel.

Discontinued channels

Channel name Discontinue date Notes
ABC Kids 30 Jun 2003 Shared space with Fly TV, axed due to budget cuts. Replaced with ABC2 in 2005.
Fly TV 30 Jun 2003 Shared space with ABC Kids, axed due to budget cuts. Replaced with ABC2 in 2005
SBS Essential 25 Jan 2007
MyTalk 25 Feb 2008 News and EPG channel, regional areas only.
Seven Guide 4 Jul 2008 EPG channel.
Nine Guide 13 Nov 2008 EPG channel.
Ten Guide 11 Feb 2009 EPG channel.
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 suite of channels

The following channels were only available in Sydney as the Digital 44 suite of channels.

Channel name Discontinue date Notes
TAB Channel c. Feb 2005
Macquarie Digital 11 Jun 2007
DTV Guide 30 Apr 2010 VPG channel.
NITV Available free-to-air on the SBS multiplex (LCN 34)
Digital 44: ABC News, Sport & Weather Datacast only.[dubious ]
Digital 44 Homepage
Teachers TV Launched November 2008.
Australian Christian Channel Still available via satellite (Subscription), and Internet streaming.
EXPO Still available via satellite (Subscription and FTA).
House of Representatives Moved to Channel 47, c. June 2007.
Senate Moved to Channel 48, c. June 2007.
House of Representatives Main Committee Room Unknown
Committee Rooms 1-4 Unknown

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