TV1 (Australia)

This article is about the former Australian subscription television channel. For other uses, see TV1 (disambiguation).
Launched 2 April 1995[1]
Closed 31 December 2013
Owned by TV1 General Entertainment Partnership:
Sony Pictures Television
CBS Studios International[2][3]
Picture format 576i (SDTV 16:9)
Audience share 0.7% (September 2009, [4])
Slogan Always Great
Country Australia
Language English
Replaced by TV Hits
Sister channel(s) SF
Availability (at time of closure)
Foxtel Channel 101
Channel 151 (+2)
Austar Channel 101
Channel 151 (+2)
Foxtel Channel 101
Channel 151 (+2)
Foxtel Play Channel 101 (Not available on PC or Mac)
Telstra T-Box Channel 101

TV1 was an Australian cable and satellite channel available on Foxtel, Austar and Optus Television's subscription platforms. The station closed on 31 December 2013, along with its sister channel SF. It was replaced beginning 1 January 2014 by TVH!ts.


TV1 launched as part of the original Galaxy line-up. The channel is jointly owned by Sony Pictures Television and CBS Studios International (CBS Corporation), and NBCUniversal (Comcast). The channel shows numerous sitcoms, dramas, Pre-2006 movies and other programming. It refers to itself as 'Always Great'. TV1 has also produced original comedy programs including Stupid, Stupid Man and the Australian drama Killing Time.

TV1 also operates SF.

On 1 June 2010 TV1 switched from the standard 4:3 picture format to the 16:9 picture format, as part of Foxtel's plan to have every channel in widescreen by the end of 2010.[5]

It was initially thought that there would be no benefit to consumers for TV1 to switch from 4:3 to 16:9, as most of its programming was in 4:3. However, recent additions to TV1's programming schedule has resulted in increased 16:9 content. This meant that moving to a widescreen format would, in fact, be the best choice for TV1 as it would accommodate the increasing number of widescreen programs that it originally cropped to a 4:3 or 14:9 ratio.

In 2012 TV1 announced a restructure retrenching several of its executives.[6]

On 16 August 2013, it was announced that TV1's carriage agreement with Foxtel was set to expire in December 2013, and that negotiations had failed to create a new carriage deal. With Foxtel being the sole subscription TV provider in Australia, this meant that it was expected that TV1, and its sister channel SF, would close. Foxtel announced that a general-entertainment channel would replace TV1 and would continue to offer the main content currently on offer.[7] TV1 later announced they were exploring options in which they could continue operations, such as launching their service on IPTV, Crackle, or Apple TV services.[8] On 16 October 2013, it was announced that TVH!TS would replace TV1 on Foxtel as of 1 January 2014.[9] Ultimately, TV1 closed at midnight on 31 December 2013.[10]


Not all programs listed below are currently being screened. Since the launch of the Sci Fi Channel, which has now been rebranded as SF, science fiction and fantasy programming no longer airs on the channel.[11]

Original programming




Other Shows


  1. Wilmoth, Peter (15 April 1995). "Do we really need pay-TV". The Sunday Age. Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Media. p. 5. Retrieved 27 December 2009.
  2. "TV1 Australia – TV1 Terms and Conditions". 'TV1 General Entertainment Partnership'. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  3. Weingroff, Jennifer (16 September 2009). "Reed Manville To Oversee International Channel For CBS Studios International" (Press release). CBS Studios International. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
  4. OzTAM Metropolitan Total TV Share of All Viewing report
  5. "Foxtel channels widescreen by 2011". TV Tonight. 18 November 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  6. "TV1 lays off execs". TV Tonight. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  7. "Mediaweek Australia – News – TV1 to disappear from Foxtel platform". Media Week. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  8. "TV1, SF channels hope to stay alive". TV Tonight. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  9. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Knox, David (16 October 2013). "TV Hits channel to join Foxtel". TV Tonight. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  10. Knox, David (30 December 2013). "TV1 / SF farewell: "Viewers must love what we do"". TV Tonight. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  11. TV1. "All Shows". Retrieved 30 September 2009.
  12. 1 2 3 4 Knox, David (17 October 2013). "Universal Channel rebrands from January 1st". TV Tonight. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  13. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Foxtel's TVH!TS is the new channel destination for TV's greatest hits from Wednesday, January 1". 16 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  14. 1 2 "Shows". 13th Street. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  15. 1 2 "Shows". Universal Channel. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  16. 1 2 "Better TV Blog". 2 December 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
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