Digital FTA overtakes pay TV audience share in Oz

Digital free-to-air (FTA) channels have overtaken pay TV in Australian metropolitan audience share, with the June figures showing FTA digitalís 20.25 per cent to payís 15.42 per cent.

Digital FTA channels nudged past pay TV for the first time in January with a 20.04 per cent metro audience share, compared to pay TVís 18.87 per cent, between 6pm and midnight, according to OzTam.

Freeview chief executive Robin Parkes said: ďThis is an outstanding endorsement of Freeview by the Australian viewing public, and very firm evidence they agree that thereís no need to pay for TV. Australian audiences have wholeheartedly embraced the 10 new digital multichannels we have launched under three years since Freeview started operating.Ē

The top five FTA digital channels in terms of audience share in June are 7Two with 3.8 per cent, Go! with 3.4 per cent, Eleven with 2.8 per cent, 7Mate with 2.7 per cent and Gem with 2.2 per cent, according to OzTam.