It follows an agreement to broadcast via Foxtel earlier this year.
“We are delighted to join AUSTAR in giving their customers simple access to TEN’s crystal clear SD digital signal and all the benefits of TEN’s full integration into the AUSTAR EPG and soon to-launch MySTAR service,” said CEO Grant Blackley.
Meanwhile, the Seven Network has been eyeing the purchase of Austar as a way of getting back into the subscription TV market.
AUSTAR is to carry Network Ten (TEN)’s digital signal in the metropolitan / regional “overlap” markets AUSTAR services when its new MySTAR service launches.
Through AUSTAR’s set top units equipped with dual digital terrestrial tuners, customers will be able to view TEN’s standard definition (SD) digital service seamlessly.
They will also have access to TEN’s schedule and program details via AUSTAR’s electronic program guide (EPG).
And, when it launches, TEN will enjoy full functionality on the MySTAR personal digital recorder.
TEN’s chief executive officer, Grant Blackley, said this was a further example of TEN’s determination to make it as easy as possible for viewers to access TEN’s signal.
“This will further drive take-up of digital television,” Mr Blackley commented.
“TEN has always supported the concept of dual tuner set top boxes, particularly in regional areas where there simply isn’t enough satellite capacity to carry the various terrestrial television services.
“We are delighted to join AUSTAR in giving their customers simple access to TEN’s crystal clear SD digital signal and all the benefits of TEN’s full integration into the AUSTAR EPG and soon to-launch MySTAR service.”
Mr Blackley added AUSTAR would carry TEN’s High Definition (HD) multi-channel, TEN-HD, if AUSTAR introduces HD services in future.
AUSTAR will also carry any additional Standard Definition digital multi-channels TEN may launch from 2009.
TEN’s signal will be available to AUSTAR subscribers in the “overlap” markets AUSTAR services that form part of TEN’s licence area.
In those markets, Channel Ten will be found at number 10 on AUSTAR’s EPG; Southern Cross Ten will be found at number 5.