Today, Channel Ten finally resurrected its high-definition simulcast after nearly ten years in the wilderness. But not everyone is invited to the party. This step-by-step guide explains how to get Ten HD on your TV.
Ten HD is broadcast on channel 13. Like in 2007, it's a high definition simulcast of its primary channel. All content is presented in 1080i widescreen, from premium sporting events to popular shows like Gogglebox, Offspring, NCIS , Modern Family and MasterChef Australia.
The new channel is available in Australia’s six major metropolitan markets of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and the Gold Coast. The channel will also be available to Foxtel cable subscribers.
Ten's regional partner Southern Cross Media has yet to commit to broadcasting the new channel. However, some regional viewers may still be able to acquire the channel where markets overlap.
So how do you get the new HD channel? First off, you're obviously going to need a HD TV to receive the higher resolution. Your TV must also come with an MPEG 4 decoder. (The network uses MPEG 4 compression to deliver high-def content within the existing broadcast spectrum.) Most TVs released in the past few years are MPEG 4 compatible.
Once you've ensured you have the right equipment, it's time to add Ten HD to your existing channels. If you have a TV with an auto-tuner, you should have already received a prompt to add the new channel. If not, you may need to re-tune your TV yourself.
To do this, simply enter your TV’s menu using the remote and find the setup or installation page where the auto-tune option is. This may take a few minutes. Once you’ve re-tuned your set, the new channel should be available to watch. Now sit back and enjoy Sandra Sully in high definition!
If you run into problems, you can contact Channel Ten on the following toll-free help line: 1800 783 117. You can also find a video guide that goes through the steps in greater detail on Channel Ten's website.