Since the introduction of digital TV to Australia, there have been additional channels available to viewers. However, difficulties such as poor reception in many areas still need to be overcome. While the global financial crisis had an impact on all media, free TV weathered the storm well.
The Free-to-Air TV stations have increased promotion of their digital TV channels and slowly but steadily there is more awareness among viewers. The formation of Freeview and the launch of Free-to-Air new digital multi-channels, along with the expansion of the networks’ online and cross-platform offerings, have the potential to enrich the viewing experience.
By late 2012 total overall digital TV penetration remains around 82% across Australia with steady growth expected until late 2013 when analogue ceases to transmit. FTA viewer numbers have also increased since the digital TV offering commenced. Smart TVs are now becoming a must have item for the consumer.
A number of regions have now switched from analogue to digital, and of these regions most have hit 100% household penetration leading up to the changeover, with some users being assisted by the Household Assistance Scheme or the Satellite Subsidy Scheme.
This report combines a range of statistics such as digital TV sales and uptake and regional penetration rates, which are presented across a range of tabular and easy-to-read chart formats.
smart TV, commercial FTA broadcasting, digital TV, analogue to digital conversion, HDTV, SDTV.
Companies covered in this report include:
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), Seven, Nine, TEN, Southern Cross, Prime, WIN, Freeview.