Review of the Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) service
The Government has announced a review of the Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) service.
29 May 2018
The review will assess the performance of the VAST service since its commencement in 2010 and consider options on how best to provide free-to-air broadcasting services to viewers in areas without access to reliable terrestrial TV transmissions.
The VAST service currently delivers free-to-air television to 200,000 households, and over 30,000 travellers, mostly in regional and remote Australia, that do not have access to terrestrial television signals. The satellite service provides all of the ABC and SBS channels, nine of the commercial free-to-air channels and additional TV and radio services.
We will be conducting the review, and have released an Issues Paper on VAST. Interested stakeholders are invited to make submissions to the review by COB Friday 22 June 2018.