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Commercial Channel Access, Timing and Eligibility
Timing of the V.A.S.T. commercial channels activation falls into four main categories.
- VAST commercial channel access will be readily available to all qualifying sites in areas where analogue TV has been switched off.
- VAST commercial channel access will be readily available to sites in existing gazetted black spot areas. (i.e.TV1 Areas.) Including holders of a Remote Area Broadcast Scheme Service. (RABS)
- VAST commercial channel access will be readily available to registered travellers.
- 4. VAST commercial channel access will be available to all other eligible consumers within 6 months of analogue switch off in their area. Note that in the case of the Brisbane zone, (which takes in much of the area to the south of Gympie), analogue switch off will be 30th June 2013.
Eligibility of the V.A.S.T. commercial channels activation is pretty much measured by two criteria, terrestrial signal strength at your location and whether or not you qualify for a traveller’s satellite service.
The first eligibility criterion addresses the Terrestrial Digital TV reception limitations at your actual address, but not necessarily at your district or town, to be sure, unless your address has been previously mapped as a TV1 poor reception area.
That is to say, just because your next door neighbour qualifies for a VAST installation on the basis of a field strength survey it does not mean that you will, unless you are both in a mapped TV1 black spot area.
If an ACMA B58 field strength survey of digital television transmission levels at your location proves you have inadequate terrestrial signal you will be eligible for full V.A.S.T. activation within the 6 to 8 weeks processing time of the form.
Owners of a Remote Area Broadcasting Scheme (R.A.B.S) service automatically qualify for a fully activated V.A.S.T. service providing the RABS service was obtained by legal means with an ACMA B58 survey properly done and approved.
The good news is that the timetable for many V.A.S.T. commercial channel activations has changed for the better since the first boxes were installed on the 15thDecember 2011.
The second eligibility criterion addresses the subscriber’s bona fides as a genuine traveller.
The licensing form is fairly straight forward, calling for a primary area of travel and a few ticks besides declaration fields.
Unfortunately the service requires reactivation every 6 months, but this requirement is free of charge and is simply in place to prove that the traveller still requires the service.
Again the good news is that current owners of an activated Remote Area Broadcast Scheme systems automatically qualify for a V.A.S.T. service but with of course, compliances to the V. A.S.T. platform.
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