Some Sunshine Coast viewers may have lost access to some television stations with WIN and Channel Seven now broadcasting some channels in MPEG-4 format.
Some Sunshine Coast viewers may have lost access to some television stations with WIN and Channel Seven now broadcasting some channels in MPEG-4 format. David Stuart

Who changed the channels? Why you might be missing some

FINDING something to watch on TV has got a little more difficult for some viewers thanks to recent changes to TV channels.

WIN and Channel Seven have both launched new channels and re-jigged some of their old channels which means some viewers have been unable to find what they would normally watch.

Some of the channels are being broadcast in MPEG-4 which older televisions do not receive.

WIN has launched two new channels, WIN HD on channel 80 and NINE LIFE on channel 84, which are being broadcast in MPEG-4.

A recorded message for callers to WIN advises that some existing channels will be moved and some viewers might have to rescan or retune their televisions.

The station promises that no viewers will lose access to WIN, GEM or GO! which will continue to be broadcast in their old formats.

But at Channel Seven, the story has been slightly different.

The station's new movie channel, 7flix, on channel 66  and two other channels,TV4ME and Racing.com, are all being broadcast in  MPEG-4.

Channel 7 advises that MPEG-4 provides better picture quality and is a more efficient broadcasting format but some viewers could need to buy a new TV or a set-top receiver box to feed video into their televisions.

Older televisions incompatible with the MPEG-4 format will display a "no video message."


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