Nine to offer new free to view channel
Australia’s Nine network has announced its plan to launch a second free to view channel. The channel in Standard Definition will offer general entertainment programmes and is likely to launch in the second half of 2009.
Since the start of 2009 Australian commercial networks have been allowed to offer new separate SDTV channels as the requirement to simulcast the transmitted HDTV content in SDTV at the same time has been withdrawn. Now the HDTV channel content can be entirely separate from that transmitted on the SDTV channels made available by the broadcaster in its multiplex.
Source: Rapid TV News
Item added: 30th March 2009