Huh? The State of Origin on five and The Project on eight

FOR those of you who change the TV channel with your remote control without a moments thought, well you're in for a shock.

As of July 1 when you click to channel 5 you're watching Nine Network programs instead of the Ten Network.

This will mean by the time the third State of Origin match is played on July 13 Fatty, Phil Gould and Wally Lewis will be heard commenting from channel 5.

With first State of Origin getting more eyeballs on it than any other show this year, Southern Cross Austereo will be wanting both teams to have a win on the board coming into the third.

The change has come about as the regional broadcasters WIN and Southern Cross Austereo have switched their network providers.

Over the past 30 years WIN has broadcast Nine programs and Southern Cross Austereo has broadcast Ten.

But a recent court case in New South Wales has seen WIN and Nine fall out of love.

WIN sued Nine because it believed the metropolitan station's live streaming services breached the contract with WIN.

Its claim was people were watching Nine's programs in regional areas instead of watching those programs on its television station.

But Supreme Court judge David Hammerschlag ruled with Nine and concluded live streaming was not broadcasting within the means of the program supply agreement.

This opened the door for Southern Cross Austereo to sign a five-year affiliation deal with Nine.

The deal will see 50% of Southern Cross Austereo's television revenue handed over to the metropolitan network, up from 34% from its current deal with Ten.

Channel Nine's high definition programs won't be available through Southern Cross Austereo but the company said it has ordered the equipment from Europe and expects to be broadcasting HD by mid-August.

WIN will continue to produce its local content including Central Queensland News but will air at a new time of 6pm on channel 8.

The popular Ten program Family Feud will be aired at the same time but on a secondary channel.

WIN secondary channels 80-84 are expected to be changed to absorb Ten's sporting channel One and entertainment channel Eleven.

If you have a program being recorded and series link function, you will need to change the setting for the new channels and you might have to reprogram your set top box.


Under the new system your channel five and 51 will be Nine network content, 50 will be 9HD, 52 will be 9Gem, 53 will be 9Go! and 54 will be 9Life.

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