Channel 9 only weeks away: Southern Cross
Wednesday, 22nd September, 2010
Local television viewers will soon receive Channel Nine in a historic first for the region.
The new service will commence on Sunday, October 31 as a new digital only channel. Victoria/South Australian Group General Manager Rick Lenarcic said that Southern Cross Media was pleased to be able to add Channel Nine to its existing digital channel line-up.
“We’ve successfully provided Channel 7 and 10 programming to viewers and advertisers in these (Spencer Gulf and Broken Hill) regions for some years now, but we are aware that our viewers are also keen to see Channel 9,” said Mr Lenarcic.
“While we’ve previously had an agreement with the Nine Network to broadcast its coverage of the cricket, we are delighted that we can now bring Nine’s main channel to Spencer Gulf and Broken Hill. It’s an exciting development in the TV history of the region,” he added.
“With the official digital switch over date for the region being December 15, we are keen to provide the Channel 9 signal as soon as possible, especially with the highly anticipated Ashes Tour starting in November. Mr Lenarcic said the broadcaster was also working towards making additional digital multi-channels available after the digital switchover date “when we will have more spectrum capacity”.
Mr Lenarcic emphasised that to view Channel 9 in Spencer Gulf and Broken Hill, viewers in the region would need a digital set top box for their existing televisions, or television with a built-in digital tuner. Channel Nine will be on Digital channel 8.
He also recommended that viewersin the region visit the Federal Government’s Digital Ready website (www.digitalready.gov.au) for more information on digital switchover and that people consider purchasing a Freeview EPG compatible TV or set top box to get the full benefit of the new services that will be coming in the future.