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Television networks and digital services

There are three commercial free-to-air television networks broadcasting to Melbourne and Geelong - the Seven Network, Nine Network and Network Ten.

Outside of Melbourne and Geelong there are three independently-owned free-to-air networks which are affiliated to the Melbourne networks. They are Prime (affiliate of Seven Network), Southern Cross Austereo (affiliate of Nine Network) and WIN (affiliate of Network Ten). These regional networks mainly broadcast the content of their Melbourne affiliates, but also include some individual content, typically in the form of local news bulletins and advertisements which are targeted to their specific broadcast area.

There are two public broadcasters owned by the government that transmit throughout Victoria - the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) and the multicultural and multilingual SBS (Special Broadcasting Service).

C31, a non-profit community television service, broadcasts to Melbourne and Geelong.

Digital TV broadcasts are either in standard definition (SD) or high definition (HD).

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TV stations in Melbourne and Geelong

ABC ABC
ABC
SD: channel 2, 21
ABC 2 / ABC Kids
ABC 2 / ABC Kids
SD: channel 22
ABC Me
ABC Me
SD: channel 23
ABC News 24
ABC News 24
HD: channel 24
SBS SBS
SBS
SD: channel 3
HD: channel 30
SBS 2
SBS 2
SD: channel 32
Food Network
Food Network
SD: channel 33
NITV
NITV
SD: channel 34
Seven
Network
Seven7
Seven
SD: channel 7, 71
HD: channel 70
Seven Two
7 Two
SD: channel 72
Seven Mate
7 Mate
SD: channel 73
Seven Flix
7 Flix
SD: channel 76
Racing.com
Racing.com
SD: channel 78
     
Nine
Network
Nine
Nine
SD: channel 9, 91
HD: channel 90
Nine Gem
9 Gem
SD: channel 92
Nine Go!
9 Go!
SD: channel 93, 99
Nine Life
9 Life
SD: channel 94
Extra
Extra
SD: channel 95
     
Network
Ten
Ten
Ten
SD: channel 10
HD: channel 13
One
One
SD: channel 1, 12
Eleven
Eleven
SD: channel 11
TVSN
TVSN
SD: channel 14
Spree TV
Spree TV
SD: channel 15
     
C31 C31
C31
SD: channel 44
     

TV stations in regional Victoria

ABC ABC
ABC
SD: channel 2, 21
ABC 2 / ABC Kids
ABC 2 / ABC Kids
SD: channel 22
ABC Me
ABC Me
SD: channel 23
ABC News 24
ABC News 24
HD: channel 24
SBS SBS
SBS
SD: channel 3
HD: channel 30
SBS 2
SBS 2
SD: channel 32
Food Network
Food Network
SD: channel 33
NITV
NITV
SD: channel 34
Prime
Television
Prime 7
Prime 7
SD: channel 6, 60, 61
Seven Two
7 Two
SD: channel 62
Seven Mate
7 Mate
HD: channel 63
iShop TV
iShop TV
SD: channel 65
Racing.com
Racing.com
SD: channel 68
     
Southern
Cross
Nine
Nine
SD: channel 5, 51
HD: channel 50
Nine Gem
9 Gem
SD: channel 52
Nine Go!
Nine Go!
SD: channel 53
Nine Life
9 Life
SD: channel 54
Aspire TV
Aspire TV
SD: channel 56
     
WIN
Television
WIN
WIN
SD: channel 8, 88
HD: channel 80
One
One
SD: channel 81, 86
Eleven
Eleven
SD: channel 82
TVSN
TVSN
SD: channel 84
Gold
Gold
SD: channel 85
     

History of television

Official mainstream analogue television broadcasts began in Australia during 1956, spurred on by the Olympic Games being held in Melbourne later that year. By the time the Olympic Games opened in November, three television stations in Melbourne were operational and broadcasting.

Television broadcasts began to regional areas of Victoria in 1961.

TV broadcasts were originally in black and white, switching to colour in 1975.

Digital TV transmissions commenced in 2001, offering superior video and audio quality compared to analogue. Between 2010 and 2013, analogue TV transmissions were progressively phased out across Australia.

Subscription television services

Also known as "pay TV", subscription television services are delivered by cable or satellite, offering a much wider range of content than free-to-air services, but at a cost. The major provider of subscription TV services in Victoria is Foxtel.