I think there is a fair chance if they can’t get terrestrial reception, they probably have limited internet access as well.
I disagree. These bulletins are there primarily to serve people in populated regional areas that are within the market these bulletins serve, who are forced to use VAST due to being in a terrestrial blackspot. Not travellers or people interstate who want to see what’s going on back home.
Being within a regional TV viewing area doesn’t mean you live in “populated” town… there are many remote communities with very small populations, farmlands and homesteads within this too.
My point is, when it comes to VAST Regional News’ audience, who all fall within a blackspot, they are more likely to have internet access than anyone else in the VAST footprint. So encouraging viewers to use 7+, 9Now, YouTube to watch their local news would be less of a problem for them than someone on, say, a pastoral lease in the middle of nowhere.
There is, of course, the other problem of VAST Certified boxes being so backwards that most of them don’t have integrated streaming apps or any internet connectivity for that matter. I think the latest UEC does, but there wouldn’t be too many viewers with this box.
My Sat King box does, however the apps take a long time to load and are extremely outdated
That’s actually a great idea
I stayed in a Hotel in King St(strictly work) Melbourne once - turned on the TV and there was Impaja. Turned out they were shielded by high buildings from Mt Dandenong and could not get any translators such as Arthurs Seat. The service may have been called RCTS back then but it’s amazing where terrestrial TV doesn’t get to.
I had a similar experience in Sydney, the Coronation Hotel in Park Street in the city is also fed by VAST.
A few years back I was watching The Ashes on Imparja in the front bar with their IMP cover up of the Wide World Of Sports logo and it felt weird seeing that in the middle of Sydney, along with ads for tractors, water tanks and heavy duty tow bars!
I had someone contact me about their channel not being listed on an ancient PDF I’m still hosting on Sattvguide. It’s a comparison between metro and VAST channels, highlighting all the differences between the two. I was going to just delete it but it turns out it ranks pretty highly on Google, so I updated it instead. Might be of use to someone here.
Old: VAST Channels (2012-09-02).pdf (39.1 KB)
New: VAST Channels (2023-08-08).pdf (262.7 KB)
Noice! I thought some commercial radio was on VAST too eg. Hit and Triple M in WA, or am I mistaken?
Yeah they are, if your location is set to WA I believe you can access them
Yes, but you have to apply for them separately and it’s generally not advertised anywhere.
After many many many years
The VAST info screen has finally been updated, including new music (Goodbye to the famous Ch800 loop music on LPON and MF NAS services of days gone by) and also updated to be 1920x1080i
Tho I notice the new music seems to be skipping.
Some of the updated slides below
Almost… “And GWN7”
Good to see an update. Just had a look and the whole thing is skipping including the video. I’ll save recording it until they fix the issue.
I have to say the first slide is a total lie. They’ve never used this info channel for announcing any new additions or improvements. No mention of the new Christian channels or how to subscribe to them, the CBA radio migration, the ABC/SBS HD upgrades, ABC National, the new ABC Radio services, the Nine/Ten/Nine swaps from WIN, SNOW launch, delayed return of 9Life, 10 HD launch, WIN HD launch, Regional News changes, anything. “Referring to the channel regularly” is pointless really.
INFO channel has been reverted back to 576i SD again
Music is still skipping, seems they change the video quality but didn’t fix the audio
Here’s a recording of the INFO channel I got last week:
Channel 4 Regional News list:
Regional News bulletin channel placeholder loop:
Nice to see the Regional News list has been updated
Be nice to finally see them remake the news channel list in the same style as the new info channel. The current one I couldn’t look more early 00’s if it tried.