What is VAST?
- TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTRE
- 02 Jan, 2017
The Australian Government funds a free-to-air satellite service – Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST). VAST provides digital television to viewers in remote areas of Australia who are unable to receive digital TV through their normal TV antenna due to local interference, terrain, or distance from the transmitter in their area.
VAST is also provided for access to television channels what travelling through Australia.
Access to VAST requires a certified VAST set top box and satellite dish of at least 65cm in diameter. You may need to contact us to find out the dish size you need for your specific location
Access to the service is controlled by the smart card which is supplied with the satellite set top box. To access VAST, you will need to register your details including your address, reception location and smart card number.
ABC and SBS are broadcasting standard definition channels ABC1, ABC2/ABC4, ABC3, SBS1, SBS2 and the high definition channels ABC News 24 and SBSHD.
Southern Cross Media, Imparja TV, WIN and GWN are broadcasting digital commercial television channels in standard definition with programming from the 7, 9 and 10 networks and the high definition channels OneHD, 7Mate and 9GEM.
Westlink and a variety of radio services are also available on VAST.
There are a limited number of decoders that will receive VAST, all come with matched Smartcard and cannot be interchanged. Here is a list of decoders. All are available from BeTechie.
*TV with built-in VAST satellite tuner