UEC DSD 4121 VAST DECODER from Audio Visual Electronics

By: Audio Visual Electronics  25-Apr-2011
Keywords: Electronics, Cables, Audio

Viewers who receive television services through the Aurora remote area broadcasting service will be able to connect a VAST set-top box to their existing satellite dish.

Landmark agreement to deliver Digital TV to Remote, Regional and Blackspot viewers, this box comes supplied with the access card and ABC/SBS channels pre-activated for two months after the first power up. After that you will need to register the box to your address (channels available subject to geographical location) At the moment commercial network channels will be turned on in the Sunraysia region and next will be SE South Australia.

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy today announced a landmark agreement that will provide digital TV services to viewers in eastern Australia who cannot receive terrestrial digital TV called VAST.

Senator Conroy said the agreement between the Australian Government and broadcasters Southern Cross Media and Imparja would establish a joint venture company, Viewer Access Satellite Television VAST.

It will ensure access to free-to-air television for viewers in the Remote Central and Eastern Australia licence area, and those in regional and metropolitan areas who are unable to receive their local TV services terrestrially.

"This is a significant breakthrough in the provision of digital TV services to all Australians, particularly for those in remote and regional areas who for many years have had to put up with less choice than people in the cities," Senator Conroy said.

"The new VAST service will for the first time make available to all parts of Australia the same number of channels as are available in the capital cities."

VAST will provide all of the ABC and SBS digital channels, as well as programming from all of the commercial networks, including the digital-only channels such as ABC2, ABC3, ABC News 24, SBS TWO, 7TWO, 7mate, GEM, ONE HD and Eleven (when launched in early 2011). VAST will also provide local news services provided by regional commercial broadcasters for their relevant terrestrial licence areas. State-based ABC and SBS services will be provided.

The VAST service will operate in northern and southern time zones, providing standard definition services for viewers in Queensland and the Northern Territory based on Brisbane time, and standard definition services for viewers in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania based on Sydney time.

The high definition services will be provided in a combined zone, covering both the northern and southern zones.

"Viewers of the satellite service will be able to watch their local news services through a dedicated news channel. State-based ABC and SBS news services would also be available on their respective channels," Senator Conroy said.

Households currently served by self help transmitters that are not being upgraded to digital would be able to receive all of the digital TV services from the new satellite service.

Executive Director of the Digital Switchover Taskforce, Andy Townend said the satellite service will be available for the Mildura/Sunraysia region as the first region to switch over to digital-only TV on 30 June 2010.

To access the VAST service, viewers will need to purchase a new satellite set top box with an access ‘smart card’, a satellite dish and cabling.

"Households wanting to get ready for the new satellite service should contact a qualified antenna installer to express their interest so they can start making arrangements immediately, including the installation of a satellite dish," Mr Townend said.

Altec UEC will be the initial decoder fo this Vast service. We will have this unit in limit numbers before the launch date of 30 June 2010

Existing Optus Aurora customers will be entitled to the new service and will just require this new set top box that Mad Electronics will pre set up for our customers. ABC and SBS SD services will be already set up in the box with no activation required. All the DSD 4121 receivers will be supplied with the access card.

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