Many Australian free-to-air networks have changed some of their existing MPEG2 channels to MPEG-4 or have added completely new MPEG-4 channels.
Most networks have made this switch as MPEG-4 uses transmission space more effectively, allowing for more channels and better picture quality.
Unfortunately, older TVs or TVs that are not High Definition (HD) do not have inbuilt MPEG4 encoders and therefore are unable to receive the new broadcast standard.
Most new free-to-air channels require a MPEG4 Encoder to be received.
Some channels also have a high definition simulcast. This is a high definition (MPEG-4) version of a channel that is also available on MPEG-2 televisions. Meaning that the channel displays the same content, but with better sound and image quality.
The following free-to-air channels are HD Simulcasts:
· 7mate HD
· 9Gem HD
· 10 HD
· ABC HD
· SBS HD
Channels only available on HD TV (unavailable on MPEG-2 TV):
· SBS World Movies HD
· SBS Viceland HD
Some new channels are broadcasted to certain areas.
The following free-to-air channels are location dependant:
· 10 Shake (Metropolitan Areas)
· 9Rush (Metropolitan Areas)
· Openshop (Metropolitan Areas + Regional Queensland)
· Sky News on WIN (Regional Australia)
· 7flix (Metropolitan Areas + Regional Areas of NSW, VIC and QLD)
*Note: Metropolitan areas refer to: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth
* this list excludes simulcasts
If you are using Foxtel, some or all new channels may not be available. While regional standard boxes are unable to receive free-to-air channels, most can be received using a MyStar, iQ3 or iQ4 box. But, keep in mind, available channels still depend on your location.
If your Foxtel box is unable to receive a new channel you wish to watch, installing a TV antenna may help you gain access.
If you are in the right location to receive a new channel and are using a HD TV, but still can’t seem to get it to work, try re-tuning your television.
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