RUMOUR MILL: A little Facebook posting that claims to be in the “loop” with the Seven Network claims that Seven will be turning off 7mate’s HD channel and will instead mean that the HD channel will transfer to the main channel on the first day of the new year.
The HD channel, recently started broadcasting this year, being shut down is highly likely not to happen as the channel is doing fairly well, topping its HD rival from Nine GEM. However, as well, most likely its also totally bullsh*t as this guy is just starting up some rumour.
However, the claim seems plausible if you see it in a different light, where all broadcasters will be given additional spectrum to broadcast – especially due to the rampant changes the television broadcasting system has seen within the past five years – with now more than 16 different channels available free to air.
A main network simulcast and a 7mate going SD is the highly plausible solution is the only solution, as the SD version of the main channel must be broadcast according to broadcasting laws. Well, only if this story is true and totally not some kind of weird prank by some person.