Channel 7’s new digital channel, 7TWO, goes live this weekend, on Sunday at 12 noon (Australian Eastern Daylight Time).

Before I get into what’s going to be shown on 7TWO, a few pieces of crucial information:

  • the channel number is 72
  • 7TWO is a standard definition channel, so you don’t need a HD tuner to pick it up – but you will need your device(s) to have a digital tuner
  • you’re going to need to do a channel re-scan on your TV, set-top box, personal video recorder or DVD recorder. To go further on this, you may well be able to watch 7TWO right now (it is test broadcasting now), but to get it into you channel list, run a channel re-scan. TiVo media devices will automatically scan for the new channel – just to be sure, check that it’s scanned in post-launch.

UPDATE: At launch channel 7TWO is only available in capital cities. To find out when it will be available in your region you’ll need to contact your local 7 broadcaster (PRIME, etc)

Now to the content. It’s a mix, new and old, genre and theme. New episodes of shows such as Lost, Ugly Betty, Heroes and 24 will premiere on 7TWO, as will episodes of The Jay Leno Show. The channel will also be run at times like a micro version of pay TV, running themed programming nights such as Action & Adventure, Lifestyle and Movies. Other night-time shows include The Sopranos, Six Feet Under and Murphy Brown.

British TV

There’ll be plenty of geezer TV on offer:

  • A Touch of Frost
  • Prime Suspect
  • Judge John Deed
  • Rosemary & Thyme
  • Minder

 

And premiere episodes of new shows, like:

  • Fifth Gear
  • Heartbeat
  • Holby Blue
  • Benidorm
  • Gavin & Stacey
  • Britain’s Best Dish

Cooking

TV ain’t TV these days without a cooking show or 10. On afternoons, Monday to Friday, 7TWO will have offerings from:

  • Jamie Oliver
  • Curtis Stone
  • Rick Stein
  • Ainsley Harriott
  • Gary Rhodes

Daytime TV

A little bit of soap, mixed in with a little retro TV:

  • Coronation Street
  • Emmerdale
  • Shortland Street
  • The Martha Stewart Show
  • Home and Away: The Early Years, Sons and Daughters,
  • Magnum PI
  • Moonlighting