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Television networks and digital services

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

Outside of Melbourne and Geelong, the commercial broadcasters are Seven Network and two independently-owned networks - WIN (affiliate of Nine Network) and Southern Cross Austereo (affiliate of Network Ten). These regional networks mainly broadcast the content of their Melbourne stations or 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 available throughout Victoria

ABC ABC
ABC
SD: channel 2, 21
HD: channel 20
ABC TV Plus / ABC Kids
ABC TV Plus / ABC Kids
SD: channel 22
ABC Me
ABC Me
SD: channel 23
ABC News 24
ABC News 24
SD: channel 24
SBS SBS
SBS
SD: channel 3
HD: channel 30
SBS Viceland
SBS Viceland
HD: channel 31
SBS World Movies
SBS World Movies
HD: channel 32
SBS Food
SBS Food
SD: channel 33
NITV
NITV
SD: channel 34
SBS WorldWatch
SBS WorldWatch
SD: channel 35
   

Additional TV stations in Melbourne and Geelong

Seven
Network
Seven
Seven
SD: channel 7, 71
HD: channel 70
Seven Two
7 Two
SD: channel 72
Seven Mate
7 Mate
SD: channel 73
HD: channel 74
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
9 Gem
9 Gem
SD: channel 92
HD: channel 95
9 Go!
9 Go!
SD: channel 93, 99
Nine Life
9 Life
SD: channel 94
9 Rush
9 Rush
SD: channel 96
Extra
Extra
SD: channel 97
   
Network
Ten
Ten
Ten
SD: channel 10
HD: channel 1, 15
Ten Peach
10 Peach
SD: channel 11
Ten Bold
10 Bold
SD: channel 12
Ten Shake
10 Shake
SD: channel 13
TVSN
TVSN
SD: channel 16
Spree TV
Spree TV
SD: channel 17
   
C31 C31
C31
SD: channel 44
     

Additional TV stations in regional Victoria

Seven
Network
Regional
Seven
Seven
SD: channel 6, 61
HD: channel 60
Seven Two
7 Two
SD: channel 62
Seven Mate
7 Mate
SD: channel 63
HD: channel 64
iShop TV
iShop TV
SD: channel 65
Seven Flix
7 Flix
SD: channel 66
Racing.com
Racing.com
SD: channel 68
   
WIN
Television
Nine
Nine
SD: channel 8
HD: channel 80
9 Gem
9 Gem
SD: channel 81
9 Go!
9 Go!
SD: channel 82
Nine Life
9 Life
SD: channel 83
TVSN
TVSN
SD: channel 84
Gold
Gold
SD: channel 85
   
Southern
Cross
Ten
Ten
SD: channel 5, 51
HD: channel 50
Ten Peach
10 Peach
SD: channel 52
Ten Bold
10 Bold
SD: channel 53
Ten Shake
10 Shake
SD: channel 54
SBN
SBN
SD: channel 55
Sky News Regional
Sky News Regional
SD: channel 56
 

Mildura television stations

In the regional area around Mildura, Southern Cross stations are replaced by offerings from Mildura Digital Television. 10 Mildura is available on channel 5 (SD) and 50 (HD), 10 Bold on channel 51 (SD) and 10 Peach on channel 52 (SD).

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 over the internet or through a satellite dish, offering a much wider range of content than free-to-air services, but at a cost. Internet television services typically offer on-demand streaming access to TV content and movies.