The Nine Network has revealed its plans for 2016, including a raft of new shows and returning titles — but there are some announcements that are set to shake things up.
Firstly, Nine’s primary channel is returning to High Definition broadcast. From 26 November, Nine will resume the HD simulcast of its primary channel for the first time since 2010 — when GEM took over the HD slot.
Viewers without access to a high definition tuner will still be able to see Nine in standard definition on channels 9 and 91. The high definition broadcast will take over the Channel 90 spot, while HD channel GEM (to be re-branded 9Gem) will switch to Standard Definition on Channel 92.
GO (to become 9Go) will now be available on Channel 93 as well as its existing channel 99. Shopping channel Extra will be available only on Channel 95.
The next big announcement is that Nine will be launching a new lifestyle channel, 9Life, on 26 November on Channel 94.
9Life will feature various lifestyle and reality brands, some of which not currently seen in Australia, through a supply deal secured with Scripps Network Interactive. (Scripps is also a key supplier of content to SBS‘ upcoming channel, Food Network)
Programs to feature on 9Life include The Bachelor, Million Dollar Listing, The Real Housewives, Flip or Flop, House Hunters International and Tiny House, Big Living.
Nine will also relaunch its online portal Jump-In as 9Now, promising streaming, catch up and on-demand viewing of all its channels. This comes after Seven‘s recent announcement that it will be streaming its channels online.
Nine’s primary channel line-up for 2016 will include returning programs Love Child, House Husbands, The Voice, Australia’s Got Talent, The Block, Reno Rumble, The Farmer Wants A Wife, Married At First Sight, The Embassy, Kings Cross ER, The Footy Show, Hot Seat and Getaway.
New titles include dramas Hide And Seek and House Of Bond, sitcom Here Come The Habibs, game show You’re Back In The Room (to be hosted by Daryl Somers), reality show The Rookie and factuals Prison: First And Last 24 Hours and This Time Next Year.
Nine will again cover the TV Week Logie Awards, Carols By Candlelight and the NRL State Of Origin.
It is unclear at this stage if Nine’s channel reshuffle and switch to HD for the main channel will be emulated by regional affiliates WIN, NBN (which Nine owns) and Imparja.