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Content Broadcast, Technology & Distribution


Performance Criterion


FY18-19 Target

FY18-19 Actual


 Maintaining and improving the availability of SBS’s digital transmissions

 Extending the reach of SBS’s digital network

[pages 76-80 printed Annual Report; Appendices 11, 13]

Population reach - Digital transmission sites (including VAST Satellite)

Program 1.2, 2018-19 Portfolio Budget Statements, p 292

SBS 2018-19 Corporate Plan, p 22



Target met.

Availability of digital television transmission services (fully managed services)*



Target exceeded.

Population reach for terrestrial services (excluding satellite)



Target met.

 Cost-effective delivery of transmission and distribution services

Transmission and Distribution expenditure as % of total funding

SBS 2018-19 Corporate Plan, p 22



Target exceeded


*Based on contracted availability which excludes planned maintenance and infrastructure upgrade outages.

Through broadcast and narrowcast distribution of content, SBS sought to reach and engage as many Australians as possible with content which reflects the SBS Charter. By innovative deployment of technology and the smart use of capability partners, SBS ensured efficiency and cost-effectiveness in broadcast capabilities.

SBS delivered on its goals for 2018-19, achieving all of its performance targets as set out in the 2018-19 Portfolio Budget Statement and SBS 2018-19 Corporate Plan. SBS continued to implement broadcast, technology and distribution solutions that enabled the effective and efficient delivery of this function.

SBS is the only Australian broadcaster to transmit three high definition channels, being SBS HD, SBS VICELAND HD and SBS World Movies. SBS World Movies is a new free-to-air channel which commenced broadcasting on 1 July 2019.

(For more examples and information, see Australia's Special Broadcaster, Efficient operations to deliver more for audiences and Transmission )