New channel coming: 7mate

By David Knox on August 19, 2010 / Filed Under News 194

The Seven Network has announced a new digital channel, 7mate, to launch on September 25, aimed at men 16-49.

It will launch with high definition coverage of the AFL Grand Final.

Seven’s CEO, David Leckie said, “Seven is Australia’s most-watched network and our suite of multi-channels delivers more viewers than anyone else,.

“7mate is the next step in building on our leadership in broadcast television. 7mate is going to be great.

“The launch of 7mate delivers us a tremendous platform of channels targeting specific audience demographics – leveraging our primary channel’s success with women and 7TWO’s targeting of a 25+ adult audience.

“We’re delighted to be the first commercial network to move to three channels. With 7HD we were first into multi-channelling for the commercial networks and this is another significant step for our television business,” Mr Leckie said.

Programming Chief Tim Worner, said “We’re using the biggest sports event to launch 7mate but this new channel will be so much more than sport. We are after the most elusive demographic in media and we think we’ve got the offering to get them.”

New episodes of Family Guy, American Dad, Parks And Recreation and Last Comic Standing will lead the primetime comedy schedule. 3o Rock, How I Met Your Mother, That 70’s Show, Scrubs and Crank Yankers round out the laughs. New drama will include the sci-fi series Caprica and the adventure series Warehouse 13 and Stargate Atlantis. The reality slate will feature US ratings hits Jersey Shore and Pawn Stars, along with popular MTV series Punk’d and Gene Simmons Family Jewels, featuring the controversial KISS guitarist and his LA-based family, and Monster Garage with Jesse G. James. Factual on 7mate will see series such as Fifth Gear, The Universe, Life After People, The Boneyard, Ax Men, Jacked: Auto Theft Taskforce, Mega Movers, Mega Structures, Air Crash Investigations and Shockwave in primetime. 7mate will also be the home for first-run big movies for the blokes, including The Ringer, Strangers and Primeval.

Mr Worner said: “The channel is not designed to alienate female viewers. On the contrary we will be launching several initiatives that will see the female audience watching 7mate as well.”

To receive 7mate from 25 September, viewers will need to tune into channel 73 on an HD capable Digital TV, PVR or set top box. If you have an analogue television you will need to connect your old TV to an HD capable Digital set top box, PVR, or Digital recorder and tune in to channel 73.

A new website is online at yahoo7.com.au/tv

A spokesperson from Seven told TV Tonight: “7mate replaces 7HD, as this is all we can fit in our spectrum until 2013 or the end of Analog.

“It will be Broadcast as per 7HD currently is but will appear on channel 73.

“On Grand Final day 7mate will simulcast with Seven and then commence life as its own full time HD channel.”

This post updates.

194 Comments »

  1. Pam Zappala August 11, 2011 at 10:35 pm -

    Dear sir I am really enjoying Hercules the legendary journys on 7 mate. Can you please show all of the series from 1 – 6 series thank you.

    kind regards
    Pam Zappala

  2. Snookie March 22, 2011 at 2:43 pm -

    Jersey Shore on 7mate? still waiting

  3. M September 30, 2010 at 2:32 pm -

    when does Jersey Shore start?

  4. Victor September 12, 2010 at 6:23 pm -

    Unfortunatley, the morning show and Sunrise will not be in HD from Sept. 27. However, Today should be competitive with The Circle, The Morning Show as it will air in the 9am-12pm timeslot

  5. Deborah Skinner September 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm -

    Is there going to be a female channel.

  6. bindi September 1, 2010 at 3:49 am -

    but channel 20 changed to an ad loop before news24 started, is it confirmed that 70 won’t do the same a bit before sept 25 in preparation?

  7. David Knox August 28, 2010 at 6:49 pm -

    No warning needed: Sept 25.

  8. bindi August 28, 2010 at 5:35 pm -

    well the channel name is now saying 7mate as well as having “7mate is coming….!” in the description. but 7HD is still there, I hope we get some warning before this channel disappears unlike with ABCHD which caught me out.

  9. matty August 24, 2010 at 8:12 pm -

    I have just returned my TV & Channel 63 says 7mate on Prime. I suspect this means regional area’s are getting 7mate at the same time as Metro area’s.

  10. Reubot August 24, 2010 at 3:45 am -

    Hmmm Megastructures is back FTA.

  11. BruceS August 23, 2010 at 10:40 pm -

    Channel 63 now says “7mate on Prime”.

  12. Mr. Do-Bee August 21, 2010 at 3:33 pm -

    Guy, Prime Media Group’s financial results report mentions that “7mate will be broadcast from late September”.

  13. waggzzz August 20, 2010 at 10:12 pm -

    maybe after the anti-syphoning laws are fixed, then we might get friday night afl over here in brisbane on 7mate

  14. David Knox August 20, 2010 at 8:51 pm -

    Guy see below re Prime.

  15. Guy August 20, 2010 at 8:42 pm -

    I dont care on what its called and cant believe that a lot of you are so negative on here because it means more content. It means more variety.

    The downside for me is i am going to lose HD on the main channel. Oh and BTW i rang Prime today and they said that they are not guaranteeing anything when it comes to this. They couldnt give me an answer which means one thing, it wont be coming to Prime on Sept 25.

  16. barrett August 20, 2010 at 6:50 pm -

    Agree @ Clint…..i just don’t have any confidence in Prime delivering this day and date with 7 let alone the HD content in HD.

  17. Andrew Hardy August 20, 2010 at 6:11 pm -

    Great work Seven! However, I don’t want to see Seven HD be stopped, because I think its good how there’s a HD simulcast of each channel.

    They should switch off analog channels even soon, seeming there is no room for no other channels that Seven could launch.

  18. matty August 20, 2010 at 4:15 pm -

    Excellent news if it can be confirmed.

  19. Oliver Gigacz August 20, 2010 at 4:11 pm -

    So does this mean, that the Australian Open and Footy in 2011 will be only in SD? Why is Australia going backwards, unlike the rest of the world?

  20. David Knox August 20, 2010 at 1:53 pm -

    Yet to be confirmed but I am hearing Prime expect to launch this same time as 7.

    Keep you posted.

  21. Laurence August 20, 2010 at 1:13 pm -

    Good news for Parks and Recreation fans! Best comedy on television, bout time it got a decent timeslot even if it is holed away on a channel like 7mate. Ugh.

  22. Paull August 20, 2010 at 10:37 am -

    Pretty lame name. I reckon they shoulda gone with just ‘mate’ or stuck with 7HD.

    I think the worst aspect about this channel is that there are quite a number of shows that aren’t HD and yet are being show on this HD channel. They should stick to airing HD (or at least high quality widescreen) on this new channel, and stick all the 4:3 and other sd programmes on Seven2.

  23. David S. August 20, 2010 at 9:35 am -

    Some shows sound good (e.g. Caprica, American Dad, Primeval), many don’t. In another forum it was suggested that given the demographic they’re after they should have called the channel 7m8. Can’t argue with that!

  24. Al August 20, 2010 at 8:32 am -

    Oh no! No more Home and Away in HD – what am I going to do? :P

  25. Evil August 20, 2010 at 2:45 am -

    One of the networks should really bite the bullet and make their HD channel the *only* way to watch the main channel. Users with SD-only boxes have a few years to buy an HD box and can watch the analogue.

    My problem with using the HD channels for non-main programming (7Mate or ABCNews24) is that when it comes to big events — World Cup, Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, etc — we don’t get to enjoy them in HD like the rest of the world — unless the channels dilute their branding. OneHD, sure. 7Mate…eh, maybe. But ABCNews 24?

    The government really screwed us around, dictating in 2000 what our HD format should be while disallowing the commercial networks from doing anything new or creative with it until 2007 and pushing back the analogue switchoff date.

    End result we’re stuck with an old MPEG-2 codec for our HD channels, not enough bandwidth for proper multichanneling, until 2014 at least.

    UK did it right. Multichannel early, drive adoption, and then look at adding HD several years later, being able to take advantage of better codecs like H.264 to deliver good HD quality in 5-6Mbps.

  26. Matthew August 20, 2010 at 2:11 am -

    Looking forward to Caprica and Warehouse 13 in HD. I am a little dissapointed by the number of SD shows on that list though, I would prefer SD programming be shown on 72 and move the HD programming on 72 over to 73.

  27. Leigh August 20, 2010 at 2:03 am -

    very funny craig :)

  28. bindi August 20, 2010 at 1:42 am -

    There is nothing wrong with the name, appealling to bogans works in this country- look at what has become of the GO! schedule. I like the logo, it is the opposite of 7 and 7two, it is different and makes this channel stand out.

    I don’t get why anyone is surprised that there won’t be HD, that was always what was going to happen, each of the commercials are allowed 2 SD and 1 HD, there is no room to budge on that. they are required to keep one of them HD to meet legislated HD quotas and they are not allowed to stop broadcasting the main channel on SD. They are not allowed extra SD channels the way ABC is, there are different rules for public broadcasters. They are opperating within the constraints of the government and they will all have to do the same thing. When 10 does a new channel ONE will become HD only and the SD channel will be repurposed. When 9 does a new one 9HD will be repurposed, either for the new channel or GO! will switch over to it and the new one will be SD. I’m shocked by how many people didn’t understand this, it became clear when 10HD disappeared and was replaced by ONEHD, in trying to understand that mess we were told they had to have 1 HD and 2 SD and no other configuration.

    I’d like to see prisonbreak season 1 played again and that fits with the demographic of this channel.

  29. Nick August 19, 2010 at 11:27 pm -

    Are we able to suppose from this that Nine is probably planning a channel aimed at women? There was talk of a lifestyle channel awhile back.

    TEN’s next channel is easy – MasterChef24 – At night there’s just footage of Matt Preston eating and it’s hosted by Mike Goldman.

  30. Sharpy August 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm -

    promising… verrry promising….

  31. Bela August 19, 2010 at 10:21 pm -

    I’m a chick but i like guy stuff and a couple of these things sound pretty cool

    Channel 7 selects the worse names ever.. seriously… 7mate. and i thought 7Two was horrendous. They really want to make sure you know it belongs to seven. I even think 7Three would have possibly served better

  32. Craig August 19, 2010 at 10:13 pm -

    Prime-mate… Primate LOL I get it now.

    Prefect name for the target audiance!

  33. Ja'mie August 19, 2010 at 9:54 pm -

    Family Guy and 30 Rock = win in my books. 7Mate sounds like a much better venture than 7TWO.

  34. Clint August 19, 2010 at 9:50 pm -

    Wow. Prime can’t stuff this one up, they’ve already got the bandwidth and channel. Oh wait, it is Prime…

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