Regional fans of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and the US version of The Bachelorette will have their free-to-air feed of junk TV restored on July 17.
Southern Cross Austereo says the lifestyle and reality channel 9Life will be back on the air in the TV markets of Wollongong, southern NSW, Canberra, regional Victoria and regional Queensland from 6am on Sunday, July 17.
Southern Cross Austereo, which switched over to showing Nine's channels on July 1, had expected 9Life to be off-air until mid-August as it scrambled to install the required transmission equipment.
But the regional broadcaster says fans of 9Life will find their favourite shows on channel 54 within days.
WIN launched the 9Life and 9HD channels in regional markets in March.
The first-run international lifestyle and reality programming of 9Life has made the channel a surprise ratings success.
Southern Cross Austereo initially advised the 9HD channel would be off-air until mid-August too, but managed to switch on the high-definition channel last week after its technicians scrambled to upgrade equipment.
On July 1, the Nine, Gem, GO!, 9HD and 9Life channels, and such programs as The Voice, Love Child and A Current Affair, moved from WIN channels 8 and 80 to 84 on viewers' remote controls to channels 5 and 50 to 54.
WIN's channels changed to carrying such Network Ten programming as Family Feud, MasterChef and The Project.
WIN is relaying Ten's primary channel on 8 under the WIN brand, Ten's HD channel on 80, ONE on 81 and Eleven on 82.
Southern Cross Austereo says 9Life will not be broadcast in Tasmania or Spencer Gulf/Broken Hill.