7mate is an Australian free-to-air digital television multichannel, which was launched by the Seven Network on 25 September 2010. The channel contains sport and regular programs aimed primarily to the "alpha male" audience, with programming drawn from a combination of new shows, American network shows and other shows previously aired on its sister channels Seven and 7TWO.
|Launched||25 September 2010|
|Owned by||Seven West Media|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV) 16:9
1080i (HDTV) 16:9 (Regional markets only)
|Audience share||1.7% nationally (2016 ratings year, )|
|Broadcast area||Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Regional QLD, Darwin, Tasmania, Regional VIC, Northern NSW, Southern NSW, ACT|
|Replaced||7HD (HD channel space; later relaunched in May 2016 in select cities and in the remaining cities in December 2016)|
|ATN Sydney (DVB-T)||1315 @ 6 (177.5 MHz)|
|HSV Melbourne (DVB-T)||1331 @ 6 (177.5 MHz)|
|BTQ Brisbane/Gold Coast (DVB-T)||1347 @ 6 (177.5 MHz)|
|SAS Adelaide (DVB-T)||1363 @ 6 (177.5 MHz)|
|TVW Perth/Mandurah (DVB-T)||1379 @ 6 (177.5 MHz)|
|Freeview Seven owned (virtual)||73/63|
|Freeview Prime7/GWN7 (virtual)||63|
|Freeview WIN Griffith NSW/Eastern SA (virtual)||60|
|Freeview SCTV (virtual)||60|
Due to the rebroadcast of 7HD on 10 May 2016, 7mate was reduced to a standard definition broadcast in Melbourne and Adelaide. Sydney, Brisbane and Perth instead received a HD simulcast of 7mate until December 2016, with breakaway programming used from that point to broadcast AFL matches in HD while keeping 7HD as the primary channel simulcast.
The channel began airing as a separate channel on 25 September 2010, replacing 7HD as the Seven Network's only high-definition channel. The channel's first program was the 2010 AFL Grand Final, which was simulcast with an SD broadcast on the Seven Network. Following AFL coverage, the channel began airing breakaway programming, with a promotional sneak peek of upcoming programming on 7mate. The first full program to air was an episode of That '70s Show.
Upon the revival of 7HD on 10 May 2016, 7mate was reduced to standard definition. 7HD became a HD simulcast of Seven's main channel in Melbourne and Adelaide, while it simulcast 7mate in Seven's other metropolitan markets. This configuration allowed upcoming AFL matches to be broadcast in HD in all markets.
7HD was temporarily changed to a simulcast of Seven's primary channel in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth on 5 August 2016 to allow the 2016 Summer Olympics to be broadcast in high definition in all capital cities; leaving 7mate in standard definition only. However, 7HD was reverted to its former state as a 7mate simulcast in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth on 22 August 2016 after the conclusion of the Olympics. On 16 December 2016, 7HD was shifted to a simulcast of Seven's primary channel in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth to allow the Summer of Tennis to be telecast in high definition in all capital cities; leaving 7mate in SD. This change was not reverted, with Seven instead using breakaway programming on 7HD to broadcast AFL matches on 7mate in HD.
The channel is targeting a demographic of 16- to 49-year-old males, after the success of the Seven Network with 7TWO with females 35+ and 25+ demographics respectively. Programs aired on the channel are a mix of repeated shows that moved from the Seven Network or 7TWO, programs that would make their free-to-air debut and brand new shows to Australian television. Seven and 7TWO now target its 55+ demographic.
Shows that moved from other Seven channels include new seasons of Family Guy, American Dad! and The Amazing Race. Repeated seasons of Scrubs, Last Comic Standing, Air Crash Investigations, 30 Rock, That '70s Show, Lost and How I Met Your Mother also moved to 7mate. Mighty Ships, of which three episodes aired as one-off specials on the Seven Network, moved as a regular series to 7mate.
In 2012, the Seven Network introduced new weekday morning blocks of children's programming to air both 7TWO and 7mate. Branded as K-Zone, the 7mate block featured male-skewing Disney series such as Phineas and Ferb, Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil, Pair of Kings and Zeke and Luther, while the 7TWO block aired female-skewing programs branded as Total Girl.
Programs making their free-to-air debut include Eastbound and Down, Monster Garage, Jersey Shore, Gene Simmons Family Jewels and Punk'd. Brand new series include The Equalizer, Warehouse 13 and Caprica. Additionally, the channel will feature a number of sporting events. From 2012, all AFL are broadcast live on 7mate in New South Wales, Australia and Queensland, Australia.
On 29 February 2016, 7mate removes all children's programming and moves to another digital channel 7flix and this channel replaces lifestyle fishing shows.
It was announced on 28 April 2011 that, from 2012–2016, 7mate will air a minimum of four live AFL matches each round into the NSW/ACT and Queensland markets, thus going head-to-head with the Nine Network's NRL live coverage on Friday nights.
7mate televises live AFL coverage into New South Wales and Queensland, where rugby league is the more dominant sport, and Western Australia, due to the time difference. Some matches may be televised after midnight, or not shown at all, as the current AFL contract requires the local teams (i.e. Sydney Swans/Greater Western Sydney Giants and Brisbane Lions/Gold Coast Suns) to be televised live into their respective states. 7mate is also the exclusive broadcaster of the International Rules Series to Australian audiences.
Previously, prior to 2012, occasionally the V8 Supercars aired on 7mate if there was an AFL match that was televised at the same time. 7mate also televised some AFL matches live into Sydney and Brisbane, regardless of which teams were playing.
It was announced in November 2013 that 7mate have picked up the rights to televise the 2014 Hopman Cup, after Network Ten decided to discontinue its association with the event after three editions.
7mate will broadcast South Australian National Football League games from 2014 as part of the Seven Network's three-year deal to exclusively broadcast the SANFL. After being with the ABC since 1993, this marks the leagues return to commercial television for the first time in 22 years.
From 2015, 7mate is used to continue Seven's coverage of sport when the main Seven channel breaks for its nightly news bulletin such as with the Australian Open tennis.
In August 2016, 7mate broadcast the 2016 Summer Olympic Games from Rio de Janeiro.
7mate is available in standard definition in metropolitan areas through Seven Network owned-and-operated stations: ATN Sydney, HSV Melbourne, BTQ Brisbane, SAS Adelaide and TVW Perth. Additionally in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, 7mate is simulcast in high definition via breakaway programming for the AFL on 7HD. Seven-owned STQ Queensland remains broadcasting 7mate in HD only as it does not carry 7HD.
Regional affiliates continue to broadcast 7mate as a standalone multichannel in high definition; GWN7 in regional and remote areas of Western Australia and Prime7 in most regional areas of NSW/ACT, Victoria and the Gold Coast Region of Queensland, where 7mate is broadcast on logical channel number 63. Southern Cross Television also broadcasts 7mate in high definition through GTS/BKN Spencer Gulf/Broken Hill on channel 63, and TND Darwin and QQQ Remote Eastern & Central Australia on channel 73. TNT Tasmania has broadcast 7mate in standard definition on channel 63 since launching Southern Cross HD on channel 60.
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