Free to air channels are television channels that are broadcast without any encryption, so that anyone with the appropriate antenna or other receiving equipment can view the content.



rsz_rsz_iptvNot everyone likes to pay a subscription charge for their entertainment. Free to air channels provide free entertainment content. While in some cases broadcasters are mandated to telecast a certain portion of channels free of cost, in other cases, free to air channels may be reserved for emergency broadcasts.

There are more than 35  Free to Air channels in Australia (also known as Freeview) including ABC, SBS One, Seven, Nine, Ten and others. In remote areas or those that are not reachable via terrestrial transmissions, the free to air services are provided by the VAST platform.

The content found on non pay TV channels, including the AFL Free to air offerings as well as the NRL Premiership or a popular television series, may be determined by the willingness of the particular provider to pay a fee for the broadcast rights. A process that often results in bidding against Pay TV carriers.

In cases where this fee is deemed too costly when weighed against potential advertising revenue; as has become the situation for many popular ‘privately owned’ sporting events, the Free to Air provider may relinquish the ‘contract’ to carry that programming for the next season.

Free to Air channels may also be referred too as Freeview TV, a term still used in Australia but much more popular in England and other locations.


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  1. Kurt October 2, 2016 at 6:35 am - Reply

    Can I watch Bathurst on my freeview in nz

    • Anthony Horan October 4, 2016 at 6:11 pm - Reply

      It’s not specifically stated on the Supercars site, but it appears that if you want to watch it in New Zealand, you’ll need to find someone with access to Sky.

      Do check the local program guides though, in case one of the networks has made a deal to show at least the main race.

  2. Eric Dunkley October 6, 2016 at 10:41 am - Reply

    I havnt seen Bathurst live for years now.
    Sky sucks with its monopoly

  3. Steve November 5, 2016 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    it seems that not a single Oz tv station gives a stuff about an international rugby union series – well, freeview tv can go and …. itself

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