SBS Essential

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SBS Essential (or SBS2) was a Special Broadcasting Service television channel available to digital television viewers in Australia. It began broadcasting on 14 October 2002, and was discontinued on 25 January 2007. The channel was broadcast 24 hours a day when "SBS Sports +" was not on-air, now SBS2.

SBS Essential broadcast news headlines, sports headlines, weather and program information. The channel also made use of SBS' SMS Code schedule service, where viewers could SMS a program number to SBS, and when the program was soon to air, SBS would SMS the viewer back. The channel was automated, fed via RSS news from SBS' website.

SBS Sport +

SBS Sport +, was SBS's multiview service that was provided during major sporting events such as Soccer, and the FIFA World Cup. The service provided a highlights loop that was updated constantly during a game, this allowed for Digital Television viewers to review specific moments, or to catch up on the progress of another game.


The Special Broadcasting Service was often criticised for broadcasting SBS Essential by HD Digital enthusiasts. This was mainly due to the channel consuming bitrate from SBS's other Digital Television services such as SBS TV, the SBS World News Channel, and SBS HD. Due to similar reasons the channel was removed from SBS' lineup in early 2007.


SBS ceased transmission of SBS Essential on 25 January 2007. The reasons for the closure include the fact that many of the services that were...
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