Several new digital Free-to-air television channels have been introduced recently.
This guide to those channels includes help for those who are having problems receiving some or all the new offerings.
The newest channels are
|Seven Network & affiliates|
|7HD is a high definition simulcast of Channel 7. It shows exactly the same content as Channel 7 but with better picture and sound quality. It broadcasts on digital channel 70 in metropolitan areas (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin) and channel 60 in the Spencer Gulf, Broken Hill and Tasmania. In areas that are served by Prime7, this channel is known as Prime7 HD and is broadcast on digital channel 60. You must have an MPEG-4 HD television to receive this channel.|
|7mate HD is a high definition simulcast of 7mate. It broadcasts on digital channel 74 in metropolitan areas (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth) and regional Queensland. In the southern areas of the Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba this channel is broadcast on digital channel 64. You must have an MPEG-4 HD television to receive this channel. 7mate HD is also available in its original MPEG-2 HD format on channel 60 in some regional areas (Griffith, Mt. Gambier, Loxton and regional WA) and channel 70 in remote areas.|
|7flix is a general entertainment channel on digital channel 76. It is broadcast in metropolitan areas (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth) and regional areas of NSW, Victoria and Queensland. It is shown on digital channel 66 in some regional areas.|
|openshop is a home shopping channel on digital channel 75. It is broadcast in metropolitan areas (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth) and regional Queenland. It is shown on digital channel 65 in some regional areas.|
|Nine Network & affiliates|
|9HD is a high definition simulcast of Channel 9. It shows exactly the same content as Channel 9 but with better picture and sound quality. It broadcasts on digital channel 90 in metropolitan areas (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin) and channel 50 in some regional areas and digital channel 80 in Northern NSW, Broken Hill and Spencer Gulf. You must have an MPEG-4 HD television to receive this channel.|
|9Gem HD is a high definition simulcast of 9Gem. It broadcasts on digital channel 95 in metropolitan areas (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin) and channel 85 in Northern NSW. You must have an MPEG-4 HD television to receive this channel. 9Gem HD is also available in its original MPEG-2 HD format on channel 50 in some regional areas (Griffith, Mildura, Mt. Gambier and regional WA) and channel 90 in remote areas.|
|9Life is a reality and lifestyle channel on digital channel 94. It is shown on digital channel 54 in some regional areas and digital channel 84 in Northern NSW, Broken Hill and Spencer Gulf.|
|9Rush is a reality and adventure channel on digital channel 96. It is only available on the Nine Network in metropolitan areas (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth)|
|Network 10 & affiliates|
|10 HD is a high definition simulcast of Channel 10. It shows exactly the same content as Channel 10 but with better picture and sound quality. It broadcasts on digital channel 1 and 15 in metropolitan areas (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth), channel 10 in Darwin, and channel 50 in Spencer Gulf and Broken Hill. In areas that are served by WIN Network this channel is known as WIN HD and is broadcast on digital channel 50 in Northern NSW and channel 80 in all other WIN areas. You must have an MPEG-4 HD television to receive this channel.|
|10 Shake is a general entertainment channel on digital channel 13. It is only available on Network 10 in metropolitan areas (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth)|
|Sky News on WIN is a news channel available in regional Australia on the WIN Network. It is broadcast on channel 53 in Northern NSW and channel 83 in all other WIN areas. The channel is not available in metropolitan areas.|
|ABC TV HD commenced broadcasting 6 December 2016. It is broadcast Australia-wide and shows the same content as ABC’s main channel but with better picture and sound quality. It broadcasts on channel 20. You must have an MPEG-4 HD television to receive this channel.|
|SBS HD is a high definition simulcast of SBS and broadcasts on channel 30. On 8 April 2017 SBS changed the way it broadcasts SBS HD so that some viewers who could previously may not now be able to receive the channel. You must have an MPEG-4 HD television to receive this channel.|
|SBS Viceland HD is a supplementary SBS channel. The high definition channel broadcasts on digital channel 31. It was previously a simulcast of SBS Viceland (SD) but has since become an HD-only channel. You must have an MPEG-4 HD television to receive this channel.|
|SBS World Movies HD is a supplementary SBS channel. The high definition channel broadcasts on digital channel 32. You must have an MPEG-4 HD television to receive this channel.|
|SBS Food. The channel airs programs about food and cooking, from cultures around the world. It is part of the SBS suite of channels and can be seen on digital channel 33.|
+ Important Information +
In nearly all cases, you should “re-tune” your television or or set-top-device in order to correctly receive these channels. This means following the instructions that came with your television or equipment. The rest of this guide assumes that you have followed the manufacturer’s instructions for this procedure.
There are four main things that influence the results of a re-tune and whether you can receive these new channels:
- Where you live
- The age of your television or set-top device
- If you watch TV through Foxtel
- HD compatible television
1. Where you live
Check the table below (Channels per region). It shows what channels can be received in the various regions.
2. The age of your equipment
Most of the new channels use a new type of signal, called MPEG-4 that cannot be received on older equipment. Which channels use MPEG-4 can also vary from one area to another.
Check the table below. The MPEG-4 channels are highlighted in yellow. The channels with blue highlighted boxes can be received on all televisions.
A step by step guide for tuning older equipment is also provided below.
If you rely on Foxtel for all your TV, some or all of these channels may not be available. 7HD, 9HD and 10 HD are cable-only services shown on 207, 209 and 210 respectively. 7Flix is only available on Foxtel cable at this time.
However, if your Foxtel service does not include a channel you want to receive, you may be able to use a TV antenna to watch the new services.
4. HD Television
To receive 7HD, 7mate HD, 9HD, 9Gem HD, 10HD, ABC HD, SBS HD, Viceland HD or World Movies HD (or regional equivalents) you must have a HD television.
Hint: If you can receive ABC HD on digital channel 20 then you have a HD television.
National & Commercial Channel Table
Specialty Channel Table
+ Detailed Information for Older Equipment +
A. If you are in a metropolitan area and can receive channel ABC TV, SBS, 7 and 9 and 10 you should be able to receive 7flix on channel 76, 9Life on channel 94, 9Rush on channel 96, and SBS Food on channel 33.
If you can receive NBN TV on digital channel 8 you should receive 9Life on 84 and SBS Food on 33.
If you can receive WIN TV on digital channel 8 you should be able to receive SBS Food on 33.
If you can receive the 9 Network on digital channel 5 you should be able to receive SBS Food on 33.
If you can receive the 10 Network on digital channel 5 you should be able to receive SBS Food on 33.
If you can receive the 7 Network on digital channel 6 you should be able to receive SBS Food on 33.
If you do not, you will need to recheck the instructions for tuning your television and try again.
B. If you have successfully tuned in 7flix, 9Life, 9Rush and SBS Food on 76, 94, 96 and 33 respectively, but still can’t find some or more of the other channels - 9HD on 90 (or 50 or 80), 7HD on 70 (or 60), 10 HD on 1 or 15 (or 80 or 50), ABC TV HD on 20 - you should now check your received channel list.
Look for channel 78 - RACING.COM. Select and view that channel if possible.
This channel uses the new MPEG 4 format that is also used by 9HD, 7HD, 10HD, ABC TV HD plus 9Life in most regional areas. Therefore, if you can view channel 78 but cannot see 9HD on 90 or 50 or 80, 7HD on 70 or 60 or 10 HD on 1, 15, 80 or 50 or ABC TV HD on 20 or SBS HD on 30 or 9Life in some areas, you need to recheck the instructions for tuning your television and try again.
C. If 78 is not on the channel list or displays as a blank screen with sound only or is listed as " audio only" or “no video” you will find that the new channels that broadcast in MPEG4 (e.g., 9HD on 90 (or 50 or 80), 7HD on 70 (or 60), 10 HD on 1 or 15 (or 80 or 50), ABC TV HD on 20, SBS HD on 30 or 9Life in some regional areas) are the same if available in your area. This means that your television is not compatible with the MPEG4 broadcast signal that these three channels use.
Note: A limited number of models may be compatible but have the option to do so disabled. You can adjust the settings in certain models of 2009/2010 Panasonic sets via “Add MPEG-4 AVC Channels” in the menu. Some other brands may have similar settings available in their tuning options menu.
Frequently Asked Questions
If my regional area is not listed a being a broadcast region for a new channel e.g., Prime, Imparja, etc, when will the new stations be available?
There is no information on when the broadcast of all stations will be extended at this stage.
Why are TV networks using a broadcast that my TV can’t receive?
The newer broadcast type, called MPEG4 uses the available transmission space more efficiently to allow for more channels and better picture quality.
When will Foxtel show all the new channels in my area?
Foxtel currently broadcasts SBS Food, 10 HD, 9HD, 7HD and 9Life to some but not all areas, depending on whether you have a cable or satellite connection. There is no information on other services at this stage.
Am I missing out on anything if I can’t watch these channels?
7flix, openshop, 9Life, 9Rush, 10 Shake, SBS Viceland HD, SBS World Movies HD and SBS Food all show new or different programming which is not available on existing older channels. The new HD channels 7HD, 7mate HD, 9HD, 9Gem HD, 10 HD, ABC TV HD and SBS HD show exactly the same programs as their SD equivalents. For example, 7HD shows the same programs as Channel 7.
Information for NBN areas
Three new services are now available in Northern New South Wales provided by NBN. They are 9HD, 9Gem HD and 9Life. These are in addition to the original Channel 9, 9Gem and 9Go! services.
The Channel Line-up:
To enable us to provide the viewers with Full High Definition pictures, add new channels, as well as maintain our existing range of channels we will be using a newer technology called MPEG-4 to broadcast the High Definition Service on Channel 80.
All of the other services will be broadcast in the current technology we are using now, MPEG-2.
For FAQ for NBN viewers visit the NBN website
9Rush is not currently available in NBN areas.
Information for WIN Network areas
|80||WIN HD||MPEG-4 HD|
|83||Sky News on WIN||MPEG-4 SD|
The WIN Network broadcasts WIN HD and shows Network 10 programs on this service.
WIN HD on digital channel 80 is a simulcast with WIN on digital channel 8, so you’ll still receive the same programs in Standard Definition on WIN.
WIN HD uses MPEG-4 technology so will only be available on newer devices.
WIN TV viewers should check the WIN website if they are unsure of the services broadcast in their area.
10 Shake is not available on the WIN Network.
Note: WIN TV broadcasts Network 10 programs in many areas as well as services from Seven and Nine in others.
Information for 7flix
Update: When launched, 7flix broadcast in MPEG-4, so it could only be viewed on some televisions. It has now changed to MPEG-2 making it available on all televisions. The FAQs linked above have been updated to reflect this change.
|1||10 HD||MPEG-4 HD|
|11||10 Peach||MPEG-2 SD|
|12||10 Bold||MPEG-2 SD|
|13||10 Shake||MPEG-4 SD|
|15||10 HD||MPEG-4 HD|
More information on how to watch 10 HD can be found here.
Information for Nine in Southern Cross Austereo areas
Southern Cross Austereo broadcasts Nine Network programming in many regional areas of Australia. 9Rush is not currently available.
Southern NSW, ACT, Regional Queensland, Regional Victoria and Tasmania:
Spencer Gulf SA and Broken Hill NSW:
Information for Nine in some WIN Network areas
The WIN Network operates Nine Network channels in some areas. 9HD, 9Life and 9Rush are not currently available.
Mildura, Griffith, Mt. Gambier, Loxton and Regional Western Australia:
Information about ABC TV HD
ABC now provides the following channels in all markets:
|2||ABC TV||MPEG-2 SD|
|20||ABC TV HD||MPEG-4 HD|
|21||ABC TV||MPEG-2 SD|
|22||ABC Kids/TV Plus||MPEG-2 SD|
|23||ABC ME||MPEG-2 SD|
|24||ABC NEWS||MPEG-2 SD|
ABC TV made the transition to high definition on 6 December 2016. Viewers with HD compatible TVs with MPEG-4 functionality can experience ABC TV in HD.
Viewers without an HD compatible television can still watch ABC TV in standard definition on channel 2 and 21.
ABC NEWS has changed from HD to SD (remaining on channel number 24). So viewers who previously couldn’t receive ABC NEWS because they didn’t have an HD TV set, will be able to watch ABC NEWS following the change in December.
You may need to re-tune your TV sets to be able to receive ABC TV HD and ABC NEWS.
See the ABC TV HD FAQ for more information.
Information about new SBS channels
SBS TV now provides the following channels in all markets:
|30||SBS HD||MPEG-4 HD|
|31||SBS VICELAND HD||MPEG-4 HD|
|32||SBS World Movies HD||MPEG-4 HD|
|33||SBS Food||MPEG-2 SD|
Please refer to the information below about recent changes to the SBS TV broadcast.
What is SBS Food?
SBS Food is a new food channel that replaced SBS Food Network. The change happened after a content deal between SBS and the US-based Food Network ended. SBS Food broadcasts nationally in MPEG-2 SD. See SBS Food press release for more information.
Do I need to retune to access the new HD channels?
Some viewers may be required to retune their televisions in order to receive the new SBS HD, SBS VICELAND HD and SBS World Movies HD channels. Some digital TV equipment will automatically detect changes and your set may retune itself, or it may prompt you to retune in order to access the HD channels.
SBS HD was previously available, but now I cannot see it. What happened?
In leveraging new technology to get the most of the spectrum available, SBS HD was upgraded to MPEG-4 on 8 April 2017. SBS VICELAND HD also launched at the same time. Viewers require a TV set, set top box, personal video recorder or PC tuner card that is MPEG-4 and HD compatible. Most TVs purchased from 2009 onwards should be compatible. See the SBS HD Upgrade FAQ for more information.
SBS VICELAND (in SD) was previously available, but now I cannot see it. What happened?
SBS VICELAND (in SD) was replaced with SBS World Movies HD in 2019. SBS VICELAND HD continues in MPEG-4. See the SBS World Movies HD press release for more information.
Why are SBS HD, SBS VICELAND HD and SBS World Movies HD missing or just broadcasting audio?
Viewers require a TV set, set top box, personal video recorder or PC tuner card that is MPEG-4 and HD compatible to watch SBS HD, SBS VICELAND HD or SBS World Movies HD.
Last updated: 19 January 2021