A HISTORY OF HOME VIEWING
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