Canberra Digital TV

This is just a page with general information relating to Canberra Digital TV, nothing to technical just some basic information.

The main areas to receive reception in Canberra are:

Main

  • Black Mountain (Telstra Tower as it is called) most of Canberra
  • Mt Taylor, Weston Creek and Woden area
  • Tuggeranong Hill which covers Tuggeranong
Transmitter information for the 3 main towers are in the 3 tables below.
Black Mountain
Channel
Name / Number
Call
Sign
Frequency Pattern Polarisation
ABC / 9A ABC9A 205.625mhz (VHF) Omnidirectional Vertical
SBS / 30 SBS30 543.500mhz (UHF) Omnidirectional Horizontal
Nine / 11 WIN11 219.500mhz (VHF) Omnidirectional Vertical
Ten / 6 CTC6 177.500mhz (VHF) Omnidirectional Vertical
Seven / 12 CBN12 226.500mhz (VHF) Omnidirectional Vertical

Mt Taylor

Channel Name / Number Call Sign Frequency Pattern Polarisation
SBS / 57 SBS57 732.500mhz (UHF) Directional Horizontal
ABC / 59 ABC59 746.500mhz (UHF) Directional Horizontal

Tuggeranong Hill

Channel Name / Number Call Sign Frequency Pattern Polarisation
ABC / 59 ABC59 746.500mhz (UHF) Directional Horizontal
SBS / 57 SBS57 732.500mhz (UHF) Directional Horizontal
Nine / 65 WIN65 788.500mhz (UHF) Directional Horizontal
Ten / 62 CTC62 767.500mhz (UHF) Directional Horizontal
Seven / 68 CBN68 809.500mhz (UHF) Directional Horizontal

I know most TV channels try to broadcast at certain resolutions but I find it depends on the current show been broadcast.

The most popular antenna for Canberra? Well where to start with that one, I personally would go for a Combined antenna but apparently the older Log periodics have sensitivity issues outside their design range which is why older style combined antenna will not receive channels 11 & 12, so this should be fine with a nice shiny new one :) although our rabbit ears on our 108cm plasma have no issues at all.

We receive perfect reception here in hackett so I have never had the need to do more troubleshooting with TV reception.

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In Hackett we are good for the following channels from Black mountain

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I have a number of digital TV products, LifeView FlyDVB-T PCI Hybrid, FlyTV Express X1 MST-T2A2, Mobi DTV Pro USB stick, Kworld 399U and a PE210SE dual DVB-T PCI-e x1 card and a few other random units laying around.

A couple of good web sites to check out are:

Terms.

Closed captioning – Closed captioning enables the hearing-impaired to read the dialogue-in text form-of the television program. The text usually appears at the bottom or top of the program. Closed captioning looks like sub-titles on foreign language programs.

Multi-channel – A multi-channel broadcast is one where a number of traditional television programs are broadcast at the same time. Digital technology makes this possible by compressing the signal to fit more ‘channels’ or ‘programs’ into the same corridor of broadcast spectrum used for current television broadcasting.

Simulcast – Transmitting both analogue and digital television simultaneously so that viewers can receive the same program with a current analogue TV set or a digital TV set.

Transmission – Broadcast transmission is the carrying of broadcast information-traditionally pictures and sound-through the air from broadcaster to viewer.

Digital TV Format’s etc.

Standard Definition
SD broadcasts provides wide screen DVD equivalent picture quality. The resolution is 576i (576 horizontal lines interlaced). It is broadcast with MPEG digital stereo sound (similar to CD quality) some programs are enhanced with Dolby Pro Logic or Dolby Digital sound.

High Definition

High-definition television pictures, when compared with normal standard definition pictures on our current television sets, are sharp, non grainy, crystal clear and superior in quality and definition. HDTV comes in a ‘wide-screen’ 16 x 9 (16:9) format. The current analogue format is 4 x 3 (4:3)

HD broadcasts also provide wide screen pictures, but they have an even sharper image with up to twice the horizontal and almost three times the vertical resolution of SD. Due to bandwidth restrictions, there has been some debate by the public broadcasters over what constitutes “high definition”. Australia is one of the only countries in the world to consider a 576p image to be the minimum for HD. This means it is a “progressively scanned” version of the standard definition signal. SBS HD is broadcast in 576p, as is most of ABC HD.

720p is the universally accepted standard for the minimum HD picture resolution, and consists of a 1280×720 pixels at 50Hz progressive. The maximum resolution that the broadcasters transmit in is 1080i (1080 horizontal lines interlaced). As flat screens like LCD’s are naturally progressive they won’t display an “i” image anyway, but will instead convert it automatically to “p”. The benefits of HD pictures are particularly noticeable on larger screen sets.

Channels that we can receive here in Canberra are:

SC10 Canberra
One HD
Eleven 11
ABC
ABC2 / ABC4 (ABC Kids)
ABC3 (Teenage Channel)
ABC24 News
ABC DiG Radio (Digital radio – NOT DAB+)
ABC DiG Jazz (Digital radio – NOT DAB+)
WIN Canberra
GEM
GO!
7
7TWO
Mate
SBS One (below SBS channels use this site also)
SBS HD
SBS Two
SBS 3
SBS 4
SBS Radio 1 (Digital radio – NOT DAB+)
SBS Radio 2 (Digital radio – NOT DAB+)

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36 thoughts on “Canberra Digital TV

  1. Hi Jason,
    I live in Hackett also and I have recently purchased a Sony LED/LCD TV. Unfortunately I use a transact set top box which has a good SVideo outlet but my TV does not have this option. Therefore I have to use the old RCA plugs. The picture quality is poor in comparison. The Sony of course has HDMI. I can use an ariel direct into the TV but what about the sound options etc. The issue is primarily twofold one being will I get HDTV from Black Mountain higher than 576i? The other is are there alternatives such as purhcasing a set top box. I am getting a fairly good picture through my LG dvd recorder but would prefer to run direct into the TV. Terry

  2. Matty:
    Hi Jason,

    Do you know if the Win Network channels broadcasting from Black Mountain (219.5Mhz) are having any issues at the mo?I live in Monash but cant use Tuggeronong Tx due being in a shadow from Monash hill (and two houses); so am using Black Mountain which I almost have line of sight.
    All other channels show power and quality of over 80% (a Dual tuner – Compro E900f – in a home-made Windows 7 HTPC) but just reecently Win (and its other channels) have been unwatchable with a power/quality reading of between 5% & 6%.
    Could there be any other factor that could affect a notch frequency (IE. Other frequencies ok but 219.5Mhz badly affected)?There is a large metal-coated air-con unit nearby but I’ve not heard of unconnected objects causing a nitch-filter effect.But is could just be that Win is on reduced power or something….
    Ex-Vectis

    The last few weeks I have received terrible tv reception on my computer.
    Our TV only has a set of rabbit ears and picks up all the channels perfectly, but the computer is terrible, I think I will need to invest in a roof mounted antennae with a distribution amp, I just run Windows 7 MCE then and half the channels don’t come up due to week reception which I know is a load of rubbish :)

    I am looking for an alternative indoor antennae that is cheaper then getting a roof mounted antennae installed (especially since we are renting)

    I use to have a media centre in the TV cabinet but no one used it and it also had terrible reception so I removed the dual hybrid pci-e x1 card from it and now it is sitting here on my desk gathering dust.

    Years ago when I worked in digital TV for an IT company that sold TV tuners for computers I had a lot more interest in that area and was a lot more clued in so to speak but these days I find TV is mainly full of what I see as useless shows that don’t interest me (with the exception of maybe 5 shows a week) and I hate adverts, I know they are required and are not going to change…

    The card you have seems more than capable, the LR306n I own is a simple unit, about 4 years old but it still does the job (with a massive antennae that is)
    I am sorry but I don’t think I could be much help to you.

  3. Hi Jason,

    Do you know if the Win Network channels broadcasting from Black Mountain (219.5Mhz) are having any issues at the mo? I live in Monash but cant use Tuggeronong Tx due being in a shadow from Monash hill (and two houses); so am using Black Mountain which I almost have line of sight.

    All other channels show power and quality of over 80% (a Dual tuner – Compro E900f – in a home-made Windows 7 HTPC) but just reecently Win (and its other channels) have been unwatchable with a power/quality reading of between 5% & 6%.

    Could there be any other factor that could affect a notch frequency (IE. Other frequencies ok but 219.5Mhz badly affected)? There is a large metal-coated air-con unit nearby but I’ve not heard of unconnected objects causing a nitch-filter effect. But is could just be that Win is on reduced power or something….

    Ex-Vectis

  4. Hi,
    I live in a college at ANU and have just purchased a TV and digital antenna. I have completed an auto-tune and get get every channel (including the extras such as GO!) but cannot get channel 10 or any of its associated channels. I have attempted manual digital tuning but that doesn’t seemed to have helped either. I can get channel 10 on ‘regular’ non-digital TV though. Is there anyway I will be able to access digital channel 10 and its associated channels?

    Thanks!

  5. Liz,

    The first thing that come to mind was that you mentioned your antennae was 8 years old, now the antennae may be fine, what I would be worried about is the cable run from the antennae to the wall socket and where the cable goes into the antennae, after 8 years and lots of today’s extreme weather there might be a little wear and tear some where. Have you just tried some rabbit ears or similar and see what happens, you should get perfect reception in Fisher.

  6. Hi,
    Yes we do have an outdoor antenna, and I’m presuming we receive our signal from Telstra Tower as we have line of sight and the other channels are all received on the frequencies you’ve listed above as coming from the Telstra Tower,
    I’m thinking most likely is our antenna is a bit old and we may need to invest in some kind of upgrade/ booster.
    Thanks so much for your input and have a great weekend!

  7. Hi Jason, Great website! lots of good info! I wondered if you had any trouble shooting tips for this one…. I live in Fisher and am having trouble getting reception for the digital prime channels. (all other channels OK) One digital TV has intermittent reception for Prime and the other one (HD set top box) simply has no reception at all. I tried doing a manual channel search on the set top box at 226.5Hz but still came up with no signal.
    We have an antenna on the roof (about 8 yrs old)
    Is this a known issue in Fisher or is it something specific to us?

    Cheers

    • Do you have an out door antennae? do you get the channels from Telstra tower? or is there another transmission tower in your area, I always have issues with channels when watching them on my PC with media center.
      I assumed you have re scanned for channels again?

      There are many things that could be wrong.
      transmission sight
      distance from the tower
      your equipment and the strength of the tuner in it
      type, and and position of your antennae
      interference from somewhere
      how is the antennae cable

      There are many other things.

  8. Thanks Jason. Just about what my weekend checking, rechecking and filtering exercises came to.

    Monitored SC10 and SC TEN almost religiously and could see no difference, so went with SC10. Not bothered with One as I’m not a sporty and zapped WIN HD as the (oztivo) EPG I use doesnt cover it. The rule-of-thumb I used is that if there is an oztivo EPG feed for the channel then I’ve kept it, but if not then I’ve put it on the back burner.

    Thanks again! :) Mat

  9. In Isaacs i get 19 Services.However, these include services such as ‘SC10′ & ‘SC TEN’.I’m trying to optimise stuff so that there is no duplication of eqivalent services; if SC10 and “SC TEN” are same same then i only need one.So, how do I find out what the difference is between SC10 and SC TEN (IE. Technical & programming)?Can I also assume that programming on SBS HD is the same as SBS?So I should go with SBS HD…Kind RegardsMat

    From what i can tell the SC10 and SCTEN channels are mostly the same content (they may vary slightly) One HD is all sport and a unique channel.

    Prime Canberra, 7two and Prime HD can be kept, but prime view 1 and prime view 3 you don’t need as they are the same as the main prime Canberra channel.

    The ABC channels again a are mixed bunch, I tend to keep ABC1, ABC HD and ABC3 and get rid of the other ones.
    SBS is also mostly the same across the channels.

    Win, GO and WIN HD can be kept (sometimes the main WIN channel and the WIN HD channel are the same but at least 50% of the time they are different) The main channel and the HD versions of the same channel are normally the same just one is SD and the other is HD of course.

    It would come down to actually checking the similar channels every few hours to see if the same channels actually have the same content or if it is different..

  10. In Isaacs i get 19 Services. However, these include services such as ‘SC10′ & ‘SC TEN’.

    I’m trying to optimise stuff so that there is no duplication of eqivalent services; if SC10 and “SC TEN” are same same then i only need one. So, how do I find out what the difference is between SC10 and SC TEN (IE. Technical & programming)?

    Can I also assume that programming on SBS HD is the same as SBS? So I should go with SBS HD…

    Kind Regards

    Mat

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  12. Hi Jason
    My parents live in Farrer and can gett all channels other than the ABC digital channels. They don’t have a problem in getting them on analogue.
    Cheers
    David

    Can you see black mountain from your location (from out side your house etc)
    What kind of antennae are you using and is it digital tuned / compatible etc.
    There are a couple of smaller transmitters dotted around Canberra but most of them are small analog units.
    The main digital ones are from what i can tell are located at Black Mountain, Tuggeranong Hill and Mt Taylor, i am not sure about Belconnen as it has line of sight to Telstra Tower.

    Searching for digital TV items in google doesn’t really show much does it.

    I live in Hackett and have direct line of sight to Telstra Tower but the last 4 weeks or so and 60% of the time our reception is total rubbish so i don’t know what they are doing.

    The channels that we have problems with are win and capital (TEN)

    I don’t know what else to say at the moment.

  13. Jed: Hi JasonWhat is the story with SC10 Canberra.
    I cannot find the homepage for SC10 Canberra nor an online TV guide showing weekly programs for SC10 Canberra.Also why does the DTV (ours is a Sony Bravia) online TV program guide not automatically populate the program information for the various channels.We usually have to select each channel to see/retrieve the programs for that channel – very annoying.Regards
    Jed

    There web site is just http://www.ten.com.au and the online guide is at http://ten.com.au/tvguide_search.html
    I have no problem viewing the guide for Ten, Win, ABC etc on our 108CM plasma, some channels do take about 20 seconds to come up, the EPG information is extracted from the broadcast stream so it may take a few seconds to load.

  14. Hi Jason

    What is the story with SC10 Canberra.
    I cannot find the homepage for SC10 Canberra nor an online TV guide showing weekly programs for SC10 Canberra.

    Also why does the DTV (ours is a Sony Bravia) online TV program guide not automatically populate the program information for the various channels. We usually have to select each channel to see/retrieve the programs for that channel – very annoying.

    Regards
    Jed

  15. Chris: Hi Jason,
    I’m not sure if you can help, but I thought I’d ask anyway.My parents live in Isaacs and a got a digital set top box a few years ago but had to return it because they could only pick up two channels (SBS and ABC) clearly from the Mt Taylor.
    They’re now thinking of upgrading to a HDTV with a built in tuner, but am I correct in assuming they will only be able to receive the same two channels in HD?Thanks

    Do your parents use a roof mounted antennae, have you tried pointing it at Telstra tower, all though the transmitter on Mt Taylor should be fine.
    You should get plenty of channels unless your parents are in some kind of black spot which has been known to happen in weird places.
    There is a few other places around like Tuggeranong Hill and there is one in Banks from what I have been told.

    Things have changed quiet a bit with in the last 2 – 3 years.
    I have some friends that live in Omally near Isaacs and they could get most digital TV channels from what I could remember.

    They should receive more channels (upto 25) since it has been a few years since they tested it… If they buy the TV it will have an analogue tuner as well so they won’t be completely stuck.

  16. Hi Jason,
    I’m not sure if you can help, but I thought I’d ask anyway. My parents live in Isaacs and a got a digital set top box a few years ago but had to return it because they could only pick up two channels (SBS and ABC) clearly from the Mt Taylor.
    They’re now thinking of upgrading to a HDTV with a built in tuner, but am I correct in assuming they will only be able to receive the same two channels in HD?

    Thanks

  17. John K: Can you please shed some light on channel 9A (ABC)? Is it the same broadcast frequency all over Australia (205.625MHz) or just Canberra?Reason being, that on my PVR, channel 8 (ABC) shows as 205.5MHz.Thanks

    I know in Canberra that all the ABC channels are 205625mhz and transponder ID of 529.
    I am not sure about other locations around Australia.

    I will have to update this page soon, especially when the new one HD channels starts early July (2nd I believe)

    I will see what I can dig up.

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  19. Peter Gadsby: Hi,
    We live in Rivett, SW of the Telstra tower.
    Over the last few weeks, SBS digital became very pixellated, and finally diappeared completely. Only today have we been able to retune to the SBS digital TV and radio stations.
    Any idea what happened? I assume there was a problem with the transmitter, but it would be good to know!
    Peter G.

    I live in Hackett over near Dickson and 50% of the time I can’t even receive any SBS channels on our media box or my main system, but our SD/HD tuner built into our TV can receive SBS perfectly.
    There is no web site that I am aware of that provides information about transmission problems.
    From what i can tell is that freeview branding will take affect soon and all the channels will change so a retune will be in order when that comes into affect.
    Sorry I can’t be of more help but I am just an end user like everyone else.

  20. Hi,
    We live in Rivett, SW of the Telstra tower.
    Over the last few weeks, SBS digital became very pixellated, and finally diappeared completely. Only today have we been able to retune to the SBS digital TV and radio stations.
    Any idea what happened? I assume there was a problem with the transmitter, but it would be good to know!
    Peter G.

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