3D Free to Air Transmission in Australia - First in the World

Transmission service providers TX Australia Pty Limited (TXA) and Broadcast Australia (BA) launched "free to air" DTV 3D transmission from 00:00hrs today in Brisbane on UHF Channel 50 from TXA's Mt Coot-tha site and in Sydney on UHF Channel 35 from BA's Gore Hill site in a world first terrestrial broadcast over the air, on DTV logical channel number 40. 

Nine Network Australia and SBS have been given scientific test transmission licences from the 19 May 2010 until the 19 July 2010 to enable consumers, retailers and manufacturers to experience live sporting events and other material. 

The trial broadcast will demonstrate the potential of 3D television and the enhancements enabled by digital technology. The NRL State of Origin series and a number of FIFA World Cup games from South Africa will be shown in 3D during this period. 

The trial 3D transmission is progressively been rolled out on UHF Channels in Melbourne (Ch35), Adelaide (Ch29), Perth (Ch35), Newcastle (Ch35) and Wollongong (Ch50) and all will be on DTV logical channel number 40. 

Transmission service providers TXA and BA are working collaboratively in bringing this trial transmission of Nine and SBS 3D services and would like to thank industry partners BroadcastONE (Harris agent) and Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) who have contributed loan equipment to this historic broadcast transmission event.