Network Ten secures datacasting licence

The Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) has announced that Network Ten has secured datacasting licences for five mainland capital cities.

The ABA said it had issued datacasting licences to Ten's Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth operations.

The network is the second to receive datacasting licences, following the Nine Network, which received its licences late last year.

ABA media manager Donald Robertson said the Government body had issued the licences to Ten because the network's proposed datacasting services fell outside its existing digital television offerings.

However, Robertson said both networks had secured the licences to enable them to provide enhancements to their digital television offerings.

Datacasters are not permitted to transmit content considered similar to genres typically broadcast on television, such as drama, sports, music, lifestyle, documentary and reality television.

Educational programs, interactive computer games, parliamentary broadcasts, advertising material and e-mail and Internet content are allowed.

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