Questions about Freeview

We get asked about digital television and Freeview all the time. So, we've compiled for you a list of the most commonly asked questions to help with everything you need to know.

What is Freeview?
Freeview is the free digital television service in Australia. It comprises of the channels from Australia’s free-to-view broadcasters, including the ABC, SBS, Seven Network, Nine Network, Network Ten, PRIME7 and Southern Cross Television.
Why am I being asked to switch to Freeview?
Between 2010 and 2013, the analogue free-to-view TV signals in Australia will be switched off and replaced with digital-only signals. Once the analogue signal has been turned off, the only way for Australians to continue to watch their favourite TV shows for free, is to convert from analogue to Freeview digital television.

For more information about the digital switchover and timings, go to http://www.digitalready.gov.au
What does Freeview offer me?
If you are currently watching analogue television, you will receive a maximum of five channels. In metropolitan areas, this includes ABC1, SBS ONE, SEVEN, NINE and TEN. By switching to Freeview digital television now, you will get high definition viewing with up to ten more channels, for free. The additional channels that are available include:

ABC2 ABC2 Entertains pre-schoolers from 6am – 7pm every day. In the evening, ABC2 provides contemporary adult programming including comedy, drama and documentaries.

ABC3 A commercial-free, dedicated kids channel created especially for 6-12 year olds.

ABC News 24 Offers 24 hour, commercial-free coverage of national and global breaking news.

SBS TWO Australia’s multicultural digital channel featuring more of the world’s best stories, filmand documentaries from here and around the world.

NITV NITV aims to inform, entertain and educate its audiences with unique programs showcasing the rich diversity of Indigenous culture, languages and creative talent from across the nation.

7TWO Brings you the very best of British television, comedies and movies.

7mate Offers first-run comedies, reality and movies for the guys. It’s man’s best friend.

GO! An entertainment channel for the young and young at heart.

GEM A general entertainment and movie channel.

ONE Offers premium sport, factual programs and movies plus action and adventure.

ELEVEN A premium entertainment channel for the distinctly youthful.

TV4ME TV4ME features information rich content around lifestyle, finances, community, education, alternative sports and shopping.

EXTRA EXTRA features programs created by advertisers across a range of categories from home shopping, brand funded, religious, community, educational and multicultural programming.

TVSN At TVSN, you can shop when you want, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Experience a variety of exclusive, well-known brands in departments such as Fashion, Health, Beauty, Kitchen, Electronics, Homewares, Collectables and Jewellery.

In addition, SBS HD offers simulcast programming of SBS ONE in high definition (providing better picture and sound). In the future, this will be replaced with unique programming as more Australians switch to Freeview – so you’ll get even more of the great TV shows you love, for FREE!

Community TV channels in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth are also broadcast in digital. These channels include TVS, C31, 31 Digital, 44 Adelaide, WTV CH44. They are available in standard definition via channel 44.
Is Freeview the same thing as Free TV?
No, Free TV is a completely separate entity. Free TV is an industry body which represents all of Australia’s commercial free-to-view television licensees. The organisation provides a forum for discussion of industry matters and is the public voice of the industry on a wide range of issues. Free TV is responsible for the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice and provides a service to classify and advise on television commercials and infomercials. For more information about Free TV, please visit http://www.freetv.com.au
Is Freeview a broadcaster?
No, Freeview does not control the content, programming or number of channels offered by the free-to-view networks. Freeview encourages Australian households to switch from analogue to digital by promoting the benefits of free-to-view digital TV, including more channels with better picture and sound, for free.
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