Network Ten in finally launching a HD channel featuring all of its regular programming — starting with the first leg of the 2016 V8 Supercars calendar, the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.
The high definition channel, Channel 13 — which will air all of the same content as Ten’s regular channel — will be available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide from 2 March.
Ten’s current HD channel, One HD, will be downgraded to standard definition due to limited spectrum capacity on the network.
Southern Cross media (Ten’s regional partner) has no current plans to launch in regional areas.
Broadcast regulation has restricted free-to-air networks from airing in HD until recently. Ten CEO Paul Anderson said of the announcement “There has been a clear, growing demand from our audiences for HD and I’m delighted that recent changes to legislation have allowed us to bring all the excitement of HD to TEN for the first time.”
“Nothing beats watching HD on the big screen at home and we are excited to showcase our sporting and general entertainment content in the highest possible quality.”
“Network Ten is a clear leader in innovation across television and digital media. Our investment in this area is an important next step in our mission to deliver the very best viewing experience for our audiences,” he said.
So what do you need to do? If you have an auto-tuner on your TV, you’ll receive a prompt to add the channel when it is available. If you don’t you might have to re-tune your TV manually.
If you have a HD TV with a MPEG 4 decoder (which most sets have) you’ll be ready for launch day. While technically being high definition, the channel won’t be “Full” HD (1080p) but instead 1080i 16:9.
If you don’t have a HD TV, you will still be able to watch TEN on Channel 10 via a simulcast standard definition broadcast.
Network Ten has established a toll-free help line (1800 783 117) if you are having problems connecting.