“SCA will broadcast 9HD on channel 50 on viewers’ remote control and 9Life on channel 54 of viewers’ remote control but the two channels will not be immediately available on 1 July,” an SCA spokeswoman told Mumbrella.
“We have ordered the new equipment we need to broadcast the two channels and as soon as we are able, we will put them to air.
“They will both be up and running by mid-August at the latest.”
The delay means events including NRL and the final State of Origin may not be available in High Definition to regional viewers. 9HD content is available in standard definition on Nine.
9Life titles will still be accessible via 9NOW.
Nine on 5 markets include Regional Queensland, Southern NSW and regional Victoria.