Television in Australia
Free to Air Australian TV Channels
- Channel Seven
- Seven – Commercial TV
- Seven HD – Commercial TV in High Definition
- 7TWO – Commercial TV
- 7Mate – Commercial TV
- Channel Nine
- Channel Ten
- Community Channels
Broadband Internet TV
- ABC iView : Broadband Internet TV
TV viewing figures in Australia
The popularity of the UK tv stations (UKTV & UKTV+2) has dropped from 2009 to the latest figures in 2011.
In July 2011 UK TV was watched by an average of 0.7% of the main 5 cities Television viewers, with the breakdown by capital City of:
- 0.8% of Sydney viewing population
- 0.7% of Perth viewing population
- 0.7% of Brisbane viewing population
- 0.5% of Melbourne viewing population
- 0.9% of Adelaide viewing population
In July 2009 UK TV was watched by an average of 1.1% of the main 5 cities Television viewers, with the breakdown by capital City of:
- 1.5% of Sydney viewing population
- 1.2% of Perth viewing population
- 1.1% of Brisbane viewing population
- 0.9% of Melbourne viewing population
- 0.8% of Adelaide viewing population
(this is the combined UKTV & UKTV+2 viewers from www.oztam.com.au)
My guess for the reason behind this change is that the normal Free to Air TV channels are now showing even more UK TV shows, and therefore there is less need for using Pay TV to get a fix of British Television.
Australia’s most popular TV channel in 2009 was:
- Seven with 21.9% of all viewers, followed by
- Nine 17.5%
- Ten 17.1%
- ABC 13.2%
- SBS 5.8%
Due to the very large rise in new TV stations, these percentage figures have now changed, but for week 30 in 2011, the viewing figures are now:
- 16.2% Seven
- 14.6% Nine
- 13.0% Ten
- 6.8% ABC
- 3.8% SBS
However, if we group the TV channels together, for 2011 it is more like
- 21.3% Seven, 72 and 7 mate.
- 19.9% Nine, Go and Gem.
- 17.7% Ten, 11 and One
- 13.3% ABC 1, ABC 2, ABC3 and ABC 24.
- 4.1% SBS1 and SBS2.
The end for Analogue TV transmissions
Australian analogue TV is scheduled to cease transmission from 2010, starting in regional Victoria, moving to Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast in the first half of 2013, followed by Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and other areas in the final stage of 2013.
Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy Minister Senator Stephen Conroy has confirmed the timetable, saying: “The digital TV revolution is in full swing and Australians now know when they will need to be digital-ready.
Watching UK Television in Australia
I am no expert at this, and haven’t tried it myself, but I have been told that you can now watch UK TV via your Internet connection.
More details at: Slingbox
Also try this one www.britishinternettv.co.uk