Digital TV & PAYTV




What is the switch?
In 2001, digital TV began broadcasting in metropolitan areas. It’s been broadcast in many regional areas since. Digital broadcasts are currently transmitted alongside analog broadcasts, but when the analog signals are switched off, only TVs capable of receiving digital signals through a set top box or built-in tuner will work.

An easy way to tell if you are watching digital TV, is whether you can receive ABC2, ABC3 or SBS TWO. These are all standard definition digital channels, so if you can view them (and you don’t have subscription TV), it means your TV is capable of receiving digital broadcasts.

You might ask yourself, why is the Australian Government switching to digital TV?

There are three main reasons why switching to digital TV will benefit all Australians.

Improved viewing experience

  • Picture and sound quality on digital TV is better.
  • You’ll still have the same free-to-air channels, plus some new ones, so you’ll have a lot more choice.
  • With access to an electronic program guide (EPG) you can see the program schedules on your TV screen.
  • An EPG makes recording and switching between programs easier.

Keeping up-to-date with international technology

  • Overseas programs are increasingly being produced in the digital format only — going digital will enable Australia to keep pace.


Freeview is the free digital television service in Australia. It comprises all the free-to-air channels, including ABC, SBS, Seven Network, Nine Network, Network Ten, Southern Cross, Prime and WIN.

Freeview gives you up to six more channels than you would otherwise receive through analog television. These include ABC 2, ABC 3, SBS TWO, 7 TWO, GO! and ONE. Find out which channels are available in each region of Australia on the Freeview website.

To receive all the Freeview channels in your area, you’ll need to convert to high definition digital TV equipment.