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1956 – Tele­vi­sion ar­rives in Aus­tralia. The ABC airs its first broad­cast on Novem­ber 5. The au­di­ence, re­stricted to Sydney, heard speeches from Prime Min­is­ter Robert Men­zies and Opposition leader Dr Her­bert Evatt. 1975 – On March 1 colour tele­vi­sion is in­tro­duced across the county. 1980 –

The VCR was re­leased com­mer­cially in

Aus­tralia for the first time.

By the end of the decade

70 per cent of Aus­tralian house­holds own a VCR. 1995 –

Sub­scrip­tion TV hits Aus­tralia, with Galaxy, Op­tus Vi­sion and Fox­tel all launch­ing ser­vices. 1997 –

The first DVD play­ers hit the Ja­panese mar­ket. By 2001, just 12 per cent of Aus­tralian house­holds own a DVD player. That fig­ure jumps to 62 per cent by 2004. 1989 –

The in­ter­net ar­rives in Aus­tralia, but it’s not un­til the mid-90s that it moves from uni­ver­sity com­puter de­part­ments to homes. In 1998, 16 per cent of Aus­tralian homes have in­ter­net ac­cess.

By 2014, that fig­ure is 86 per cent. 2001 –

ABC launches its first dig­i­tal channels, Kids and ABC Fly TV. They close two years later, but sta­tion the launches an­other dig­i­tal-only chan­nel, in 2005. ABC2, 2005 –

You Tube is ac­ti­vated. The first video shows co-founder Jawed

Karim vis­it­ing San Diego Zoo. 2007 –

The three com­mer­cial TV sta­tions an­nounce they will launch high-def­i­ni­tion only channels. In the com­ing years all sta­tions launch mul­ti­ple dig­i­tal channels. 2013 –

Ana­logue tele­vi­sion trans­mis­sion is switched off in Perth. 2015 –

Stream­ing ser­vices Stan and Net­flix the en­ter Aus­tralian mar­ket of­fer­ing TV on de­mand. are joined They in 2017 by Fox­tel Now and Amazon in 2018. Prime

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