Satellite Service to Deliver Digital TV Nation-wide
Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy said legislation was today introduced to ensure all Australians would be able to receive the full suite of digital television channels.
On 5 January 2010, Senator Conroy announced the Government would fund a new satellite service to bring digital television to all Australians who cannot adequately receive terrestrial digital television services.
The Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Television) Bill 2010 provides the legislative framework for the implementation of the new satellite service.
"The Bill will help broadcasters provide the same number of digital television services to all Australians wherever they live, whether they access television through terrestrial transmission or via satellite," Senator Conroy said.
The amendments will create three new commercial television licence areas specifically for the new satellite service:
- Northern Australia encompassing the Northern Territory and Queensland
- South Eastern Australia encompassing the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria
- Western Australia.
"The Bill will dramatically improve the choice and quality of digital television services for regional Australia as we move towards digital switchover," Senator Conroy said.
"The legislation also requires commercial broadcasters to provide all local news and information programs to the satellite service licensee, and will ensure that viewers who rely on satellite are able to access their local news as soon as possible after bulletins commence on the terrestrial channel."
The Government intends to refer this legislation to the Senate Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee immediately, so that it is able to be debated in the Budget sittings.
Date: 18 March 2010
I was looking for some clarifications to the all FTA channels in All areas quote
So I sent the minister a mail (still awaiting a reply)
I am a Antenna installer and am constantly being asked by my more technically savvy customers if we will be eligible for the black spot program in and around Mount Gambier in SA 5290
The justification would go a little like this...
A media release earlier this year from
Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy
Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate
"All regional Australians will now receive the same television services as people in the cities," said the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy.
"This is a fantastic outcome for people in regional Australia, many of whom have received limited television services for many years."
"This historic decision will dramatically improve the choice and quality of television services for regional Australia as we move towards digital switchover."
"For the first time all free-to-air digital television services, including the original three commercial and two national channels, as well as new digital services such as ABC2, ABC3, SBS TWO, GO!, 7TWO and ONE HD, will be available to all Australians, no matter where they live."
"The satellite service will provide regional viewers with access to the local news currently broadcast in their TV licence area via a dedicated local news channel."
A mighty big statement I think you would agree
I believe that we would fall into this category.
we are able to receive all the ABC and SBS channels (606MHz -Abc1,abc2,abc3,ABCHD) and (616MHz - SBS1,SBS2,SBS and SBS HD)
However our local WIN network affiliate broadcasting on the 557MHz band is currently only offering the channels (557MHz SA Ten Mount Gambier (ch10), Mt Gambier Nine (ch 9), WIN SA (ch7))
The other channels
Are unavailable in our area
It is true to say that these channels are available If the correct antennas and Amplifiers are installed and a High and unsightly mounting pole, installed on the customers roof, from Mount Dundas in Western Victoria However these transmitters are not in our designated reception area and only provide a Quality pre cliff edge signal 90 to 95% of the time. Imagine watching a program and being unable to finish watching this program because climatic changes have affected the signal to such a point that you cant finish watching it (NO SIGNAL)
Also did I mention the Cost. A correctly installed antenna system for Mt Dundas reception would cost on average more than $800.00 inc GST
My question to you is will customers in these areas be entitled to install a SAT Dish and decoder and have access to the Encryption cards and would they be entitled to a Government rebate for this install.
Thanks in advance for your response.