TORONTO, Sept. 19 /CNW/ - In December of this year, the TEN Television
Network in Australia will be launching TEN-HD, offering more choice in the
highest possible broadcast quality for free in the major metropolitan centres
of mainland Australia. TEN was the first Australian television network to
begin broadcasting in Standard Definition Digital and is the only network
transmitting the globally-recognised pinnacle HD broadcast Standard. CanWest
owns approximately 56% of Ten Network Holdings Limited, which owns and
operates the TEN Television Network.
For substantial periods of the day, TEN-HD will break away from TEN's
primary channel to offer alternative programming and themed events focusing
on, for example, Live Sport, Entertainment, Movies, Documentaries and Science
Fiction. TEN-HD's signature programs will be in stunning full HD, delivering
the highest possible picture and sound quality to viewers.
TEN Television's chief executive officer, Grant Blackley, said "TEN-HD
will excite and entertain audiences across Australia like never before. We are
no longer bound by a single linear channel, and TEN-HD is a natural next step
in our goal to make our content as widely available as possible to consumers."
Mr Blackley cited TEN Digital's online and mobile activities and the
recently-concluded retransmission agreement with FOXTEL as examples of TEN's
multi-platform distribution strategy.
"TEN has always been Australia's digital television pioneer," Mr Blackley
continued. "We were the first network to start broadcasting in digital, the
first to launch a High Definition demonstration service, and we remain the
only Australian network transmitting in full HD and offering live HD sport.
Now, we'll be first to market with a break-away HD channel, delivering
unprecedented entertainment choice to Australian consumers. Best of all,
TEN-HD will be free, with no ongoing fees for consumers to pay."
Industry figures from Digital Broadcasting Australia show that by March
2007, 28% of Australian homes had free-to-view digital television, with HD
receiving equipment comprising the fastest-growing segment of a market that is
itself dramatically increasing each quarter.
Given the rate of take-up, the Australian Digital Suppliers Industry
Forum (ADSIF) predicts that almost 10 million flat panel HD TVs will be
purchased in Australia by 2012. At this rate, ADSIF estimates that there will
be at least one HD TV in the vast majority of Australia's eight million homes
in only five years.
Ten Network Holdings Limited (TEN) (www.tencorporate.com.au) is a public
company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX: TEN). TEN owns a
majority and controlling interest in the entity that owns and operates the
free-to-air Ten Television Network (www.ten.com.au) in the mainland capital
cities of Australia and Eye Corp. (www.eyecorp.com.au), an out-of-home
advertising business with operations in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore,
Indonesia, the United States and the United Kingdom.
TEN is indirectly 56% owned by CanWest Global Communications Corp.
(TSX: CGS and CGS.A, www.canwestglobal.com), an international media company.
In addition to owning the Global Television Network, CanWest is Canada's
largest publisher of English language daily newspapers and owns, operates
and/or holds substantial interests in conventional television, out-of-home
advertising, specialty cable channels, web sites and radio stations and
networks in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, the
United Kingdom and the United States.
For further information:
For further information: Deb Hutton, SVP Corporate Communications, (416)