The update follows SCA originally advising it would be delayed in regional Queensland, regional Victoria and southern NSW, along with 9Life, when its affilaite deal with Nine begins next week.
Rick Lenarcic, Head of Regional Media, SCA said: “From Day 1 when we start broadcasting Nine programs in standard definition on channel 5 on the remote control, we will also be broadcasting 9HD on channel 50.”
“I am pleased to be able to advise viewers that the third State of Origin on Wednesday 13 July will be in HD. In addition, in Queensland and NSW, all NRL Season games on 9, starting with the Storm versus the Broncos on 1st July will be in HD.”
To get the new channel operational SCA had to order new equipment from overseas and Lenarcic, thanked Cisco and staff for helping to launch the channel ahead of schedule.
“Recognising how much our viewers value the quality of high definition, our technical staff have been working tirelessly to get HD to air as quickly as possible,” he said.
No confirmation on 9Life as yet, still due in mid-August, with content available on 9NOW.