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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.