Seven Network is second non-governement broadcaster in the Australian free-to-air marketplace. Foreign programming comes primarily from ABC Studios, NBCUniversal and Sony Pictures Television. In most regional and remote areas the Seven Network channels are provided via Prime and Southern Cross Austereo.
ATN-7 began broadcasting in Sydney on December 2, 1956. HSV-7 began broadcasting in Melbourne on November 4, 1956, but was affiliated with TCN-9 until a year later when TCN-9 switched affiliations to GTV-9.
On October 16, 1959, TVW-7 began broadcasting in Perth. ADS-7 signed on in Adelaide on October 24, 1959 and BTQ-7 in Brisbane on November 1, 1959.
On July 1, 1962, HSV-7 and ATN-7 linked up to form the Australian Television Network (forerunner of Seven).
On March 1, 1975, color PAL transmission began on Seven and all other Australian TV networks.
On December 27, 1987, ADS-10 switched affiliations with SAS-10.
During 1995, Seven took control of the Queensland regional affiliate Sunshine Television.
On January 1, 2001, DVB-T transmissions began.
On October 15, 2007, Seven was the first to begin broadcasting in 1080i high definition.
On November 1, 2009, a second digital channel was launched called 7Two with a lot of repeated and niche shows.
On September 25, 2010, a third channel was launched called 7mate in 1080i high definition and targeting a younger male demographic. The primary channel switched to 576i standard definition.
During December 2011, Seven began carrying Prime Television's informational channel TV4ME.
Current Prime-Time Schedules
The scheduling is based on the NSW, ACT, WA and Queensland markets which show AFL games on a secondary channel such as 7MATE. All other states and territories show AFL games on the primary 7 channel.
|Monday||Home and Away||Highway Patrol||The Force||action movie of the week|
|Tuesday||Home and Away||The X Factor||Winners & Losers||Chicago Fire||Chicago Fire repeat|
|Wednesday||Home and Away||Highway Patrol||The Force - Behind The Line||Criminal Minds||Criminal Minds repeat||Motive|
|Thursday||Home and Away||Border Security: International||What Really Happens In Bali||comedy movie of the week|
|Friday||Better Homes and Gardens||comedy movie of the week||late movie/special|
|Saturday||end of the week movies|
|Sunday||The X Factor||Sunday Night||Castle||Castle repeat||Royal Pains|
|Monday||Bargain Hunt repeat||Britains Greatest Machines repeat||Foyles War repeat||Jonathan Creek repeat|
|Tuesday||Bargain Hunt repeat||documentary of the week||Air Crash Investigations repeat||Air Crash Investigations||Seconds From Disaster repeat|
|Wednesday||Bargain Hunt repeat||The Indian Doctor||Endeavour repeat||Bramwell repeat|
|Thursday||Bargain Hunt repeat||comedy movies of the week|
|Friday||Bargain Hunt repeat||Border Security USA repeat||Escape To The Country||Australias Best Houses||Secret Location||Cowboy Builders|
|Saturday||family movie of the week||Once Upon A Time||drama movies of the week|
|Sunday||Kath & Kim repeat||Motorway Patrol repeat||Animal Squad repeat||Escape To The Country||Escape To The Country repeat||Homes Under The Hammer|
|Monday||Seinfeld repeat||Talking Footy||Pawn Stars||American Restoration||American Restoration repeat|
|Tuesday||Seinfeld repeat||Worlds Craziest Fools repeat||Tattoo Nightmares repeat||Bogan Hunters||Family Guy||Family Guy repeat||American Dad repeat|
|Wednesday||Seinfeld repeat||Classic Car Rescue||Hardcore Pawn||American Pickers repeat|
|Thursday||Seinfeld repeat||Swamp People repeat||Tattoo Nightmares repeat||Bad Ink||Americas Hardest Prisons repeat||Rude Tube|
|Sunday||end of the week movies|
The Seven Network utilizes three 7.2 MHz slots downlinked at 12635 MHz, 12644 MHz and 12653 MHz on a full vertically polarized transponder beamed from the Optus D1 satellite for news backhaul links to ATN-7, other stations and IFB audio to reporters in the field.
The uplink can be provided from broadcast centres at ATN-7 or HSV-7, a ATN-7 vehicle within metropolitan Sydney, a BTQ-7 vehicle within metropolitan Brisbane and the Gold Coast, a SAS-7 vehicle within South Australia, a TVW-7 vehicle within Western Australia, AstraLinks vehicles in other metropolitan areas or RapidTV's portable equipment in remote locations. All providers are configured to use DVB-S QPSK modulation with the exception of the ATN-7 vehicle which uses DVB-S2 8PSK and the SAS-7/TVW-7 vehicles which use DVB-S2 QPSK. Also a ATN-7 downlink on 12635 MHz uses DVB-S2 8PSK 2/3 with a chroma subsampling of Y'CbCr 4:2:2. The video is encoded using H.262 with a standard chroma subsampling of Y'CbCr 4:2:0 with the exception of the ATN-7 vehicle and 12635 MHz which uses H.264 with a higher chroma subsampling of Y'CbCr 4:2:2.
Common uses are for weather segments, breaking news and providing a clean feed with a mix-minus of Seven News at 4 and Sunrise.
Originally the Seven Network had utilized a full higher transponder with three 7.2 MHz slots downlinked at 12660 MHz, 12670 MHz and 12680 MHz before operational cut-backs were made in 2012. Then during April 2014, they reverted back to a full transponder when Southern Cross Austereo discontinued use of their 5.1 MHz downlink slot at 12635 MHz.