Free to Air TV in Australia

There are more than two-dozen Free to Air channels in Australia (also known as Free View) including the five major channels presented below, ABC, SBS, Seven, Nine and Ten. The content found on Free to Air TV, whether it be Sports such as the Rugby World Cup or a popular television series, are either developed in-house, contracted through a partnership with their regional affiliate, or purchased through an open bidding process with competing carriers for the program’s broadcast rights.
Seven Network


Channel 7 is a leading provider of free to air sports and entertainment in Australia, and no better example was the Olympics. The action was exclusive to Seven with 1,000 hours of Live free to air coverage.

2017-18 The Ashes TV Preview

When: 2 December, 2017 – 8 January, 2018
Where: Melbourne and Sydney Australia

Cheer on the Australian national team during this 70th edition of The Ashes Cricket tournament, as they battle rival England for bragging rights with the sides tied at 32 wins each, and a chance to hold aloft one of the most prized trophy’s in international play.

England vs Australia Live TV Times (AEDT)

Test 2 December 2-6: Adelaide Oval from 1.30pm daily (NINE)
Test 3 December 14-16: W.A.C.A Perth from 12.30pm daily (NINE)
Test 4 December 26-30: MCG, Melbourne from 9.30am daily (NINE)
Test 5 January 4-8: SCG, Sydney from 9.30am daily (NINE)

2 Weeks Free – Stream Sport and TV Live!

While you can find the 2017-18 The Ashes free to air in Australia, you may wish to review the Foxtel Now Free 2-weeks live TV trial, which will broadcast popular events including the FIFA 2017 Club World Cup tournament (Dec 7-17) LIVE online*, as well as offering live sport streaming to eligible mobile devices through the Foxtel Go app within minutes.

Watch Sport Live with Foxtel Now 2 Weeks Free Trial Offer

Watch every match of the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup (Dec 7-17) and other popular sports LIVE online- 2 Weeks Free Trial!



Australia’s revered Free to Air Broadcaster has, for decades, brought both entertainment and fiercely independent news & current affairs to the entire nation, from capital cities to the smallest outback towns. Making the most of its often limited funds, the ABC has long been one of the most trusted institutions in the country.


Australia’s youngest commercial TV network, Ten was seen as the home of the juggernaut singing contest Australian Idol and the Aussie version of Big Brother. More recently, Ten’s audience has broadened and its programming has expanded to match it, with Masterchef Australia drawing in millions of viewers as the flagship local production. Much of channel Ten’s television content is sourced from overseas these days, but there’s still plenty of local flavour, not the least from Neighbours – one of the longest-running drama series in the history of television.


Known as the pioneer of live entertainment in Australia, Nine spent decades as the most popular TV network in the country. The Nine Network of today has high-budget shows such as Underbelly and Australia’s Got Talent sharing space with huge live-to-air hits like the Telstra NRL premiership, the morning news show Today along with 60 Minutes and A Current Affair, as well as reality show juggernaut The Block – which attracts millions of viewers to every episode.



Arriving in 1980, SBS started life as a government-funded alternative public broadcaster with a brief to provide programming for Australia’s large and ever-expanding multicultural population. In recent years it’s expanded on that original concept, and while they still provide a vast array of programs and news services in various languages, SBS places a strong emphasis on entertainment as well. The network is also famous for its international TV programming – a selection of movies from around the globe.
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