SBS WorldWatch is SBS’s free-to-air multilingual news channel, launching on Monday 23 May, 2022.
It provides Australians with access to news from around the world in languages other than English, with a line-up of news bulletins from leading international broadcasters in more than 35 languages.
How to access SBS WorldWatch
How can I watch SBS WorldWatch?
From 23 May, 2022, you can watch SBS WorldWatch on free-to-air television channel 35.
The channel may appear on your television before this, but programming will not commence before this date.
If watching on a television, SBS WorldWatch is accessible on television sets, or devices using recorders or set top boxes, which are MPEG-4 compatible. MPEG-4 refers to the compression technology commonly used by broadcasters today for the distribution of high-quality video content. Most television sets made after 2014 use this technology, and in fact many TV channels in Australia are broadcast with it. It allows us to provide better picture and sound quality.
SBS VICELAND is an MPEG-4 channel, therefore if you currently watch a news bulletin on SBS VICELAND on your television, you can access SBS WorldWatch.
The channel is available to stream live on SBS On Demand.
Programs broadcast on the channel are also available to catch up on SBS On Demand, where there are also additional international news programs available to stream which aren’t shown on television.
What if I can’t access SBS WorldWatch?
If you are using an older television, recorder or set top box, and find that you cannot watch or record SBS channels 30 (SBS HD), 31 (SBS VICELAND) and 32 (SBS World Movies), your device might not be compatible with the MPEG-4 technology used to transmit SBS WorldWatch as well (and which is the most commonly used standard for distribution of video content today).
While this may have an unintentional impact on some audience members, programs will be available to stream via SBS On Demand and SBS continues to offer a range of other language services available via SBS Radio, podcasting and digital platforms.