Optus aids Australian switchover

Optus has secured four multi-million-dollar deals to deliver digital free-to-air television services in Australia over its fleet of satellites. As the digital switchover gathers pace, it has made deals with the ABC, SBS, Southern Cross Media Group and Imparja Television.

Each of the broadcasters have signed a 10-year deal with Optus to transmit digital television signals into black-spot-bound households where terrestrial digital TV signals cannot reach.

Optus director of satellite Paul Sheridan said the telco had begun delivery of digital television satellite signals and said TV viewers in Mildura were already receiving the signals since the government started its analogue switch-off programme earlier this month. The government plans to replace all analogue television signals with digital-only signals by the end of 2013.