Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST)
VAST is a new satellite platform that supplies free-to-air TV around Australia. For the first time, viewers who cannot receive digital services from local transmitters will be able to access the same range of channels as Australians in metropolitan areas.
To reflect the different terrestrial services between eastern and western Australia the VAST service is different in Western Australia and the eastern states. Eastern VAST operates in the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. This service commenced on 15 December 2010. Western VAST operates in Western Australia and commenced 30 July 2011.
The Australian Government is investing $375.4 million to provide the VAST service. VAST may benefit up to 247,000 households across Australia, providing them with coverage they have previously not been able to access. The VAST service is replacing the old analog satellite service, Aurora.
If you are currently using the Aurora service, live in a regional or remote area, watch TV from a self-help transmission tower, or have poor analog TV reception, you may be eligible for VAST. For more information on VAST, visit mysattv.com.au