It's a busy day on the digital TV front. The ABC launches its new ABC3 service at 6pm, while Channel Nine is talking about launching a proper catch-up service and additional digital channels.
ABC3 is aimed at 6-15 year olds, so it might not be on your viewing radar, but it serves as yet another reminder that the public broadcaster is well ahead of the commercial networks when it comes to all things digital (iView being the most obvious and successful example). Sure, you could argue that the ABC was playing under different rules when it came to multi-channelling and was allowed to get started earlier, but the commercial networks certainly dragged their feet once it was allowed in January. To recap: Ten launched ONE in March, Nine launched GO! in August, and Seven only got to 7Two in November.
That might be changing, though. TV Tonight reports that Nine wants to roll out a second digital channel next year, after the success of GO!. Nine is also said to be working on catch-up deals for the US output it buys from Warner Brothers, though no final deals appear to be in place.
Nine confirms Cops LAC drama [TV Tonight]