Network Ten's HD Channel Will Launch In Time For The Clipsal 500

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.


Comments

    Continues raising middle finger at Southern Cross Ten....

      Mines been raised for ages, both of them.

        On the plus side Win have announced Win HD. No date. But they've announced it!

    What's this all about, "Broadcast regulation has restricted free-to-air networks from airing in HD until recently." There used to be HD channels and wasn't one of the main reasons we went digital, to be able to watch HD channels?

      Which sort of conflicts with "One HD, will be downgraded to standard definition due to limited spectrum capacity on the network."

      We get it, there is limited bandwith in the licences, but the networks have been free to simulcast in HD. They just cant do that AND have multiple shopping channels within their spectrum.

        spoken by someone who knows the restrictions word for word clearly

    I seriously doubt anyone watches those "shopping" channels. What a waste of bandwidth.

    Yeah, One hasn't been branded as One HD since 2011. It started to change format as all sport and added other shows, which were not all HD.
    Not sure how much it shows that actually is HD nowadays though.

    "Broadcast regulation has restricted free-to-air networks from airing in HD until recently"

    That is a myth. All the legislation that was repealed required was for major events (like grandfinals and the Melbourne Cup) to be broadcast in SD so it could be available to all. There was nothing stopping them from simulcasting in HD, the SBS has been simulcasting their main channel in HD for ages.

    Search this article for more info: "Free-to-air broadcasters are also upping the stakes in the battle for our lounge rooms."

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