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Television

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 Television (affiliate of Seven Network), WIN Television (affiliate of Nine Network) and Southern Cross Ten (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.

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TV stations in Melbourne and Geelong
ABC ABC 1
SD: channel 2 & 21
ABC 2
SD: channel 22
ABC 3
SD: channel 23
ABC News 24
HD: channel 24
SBS SBS One
SD: channel 3
HD: channel 30
SBS Two
SD: channel 32
NITV
SD: channel 34
 
Seven
Network
Seven
SD: channel 7
Seven Two
SD: channel 72
Seven Mate
HD: channel 73
TV4ME
SD: channel 74
Nine
Network
Nine
SD: channel 9
Gem
HD: channel 90
Extra
SD: channel 94
Extra 2
SD: channel 95
Go
SD: channel 99
     
Network
Ten
Ten
SD: channel 10
One
HD: channel 1
Eleven
SD: channel 11
TVSN
SD: channel 14
Spree TV
SD: channel 15
     
C31 C31
SD: channel 44
     

TV stations in regional Victoria
ABC ABC 1
SD: channel 2 & 21
ABC 2
SD: channel 22
ABC 3
SD: channel 23
ABC News 24
HD: channel 24
SBS SBS One
SD: channel 3
HD: channel 30
SBS Two
SD: channel 32
NITV
SD: channel 34
 
Prime
Television
Prime
SD: channel 6
Seven Two on Prime
SD: channel 62
Seven Mate
HD: channel 63
TV4ME
SD: channel 64
Ishop TV
SD: channel 65
     
WIN
Television
WIN
SD: channel 8
Gem
HD: channel 80
Gold
SD: channel 84
Gold 2
SD: channel 82
Go
SD: channel 88
     
Southern
Cross Ten

(not Mildura)
Southern Cross Ten
SD: channel 5
One
HD: channel 50
TVSN
SD: channel 54
Eleven
SD: channel 55
Aspire TV
SD: channel 56
     
Network
Ten

(Mildura only)
Ten Mildura
SD: channel 5
One
HD: channel 50
Eleven
SD: channel 55
Aspire TV
SD: channel 56

SD refers to broadcasts in standard definition, while HD are high definition broadcasts.

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.