I am not in my seventies or even older like you. I am not retired.
I am only quoting what the DBCDE and the ACMA are saying. WA VAST has not started like SMacca has been saying. He is watching unencrypted transmitter feeds. As you are aware VAST is an encrypted system in which an authorisation key is required from the broadcasters to unlock it. See the my latest post from Optus about receivers of VAST. It also states it for Eastern and Central Australia. As I said to you you will not get authorisation for VAST until the beginning of 2013 because you are in the licence are for Mt Barrow. in Get the best reception - Regional Tasmania has a link to the map showing the areas of Tasmania who can get authorisation now. You may not agree with it or the reasons but it is true. So for blackspots in regional WA authorisation will not be activated until the beginning of the second half of 3013.
As you have found out in line with the post I put up earlier the rules are that in licence areas which already have commercial DTV with analog, you cannot get authorisation for blackspots until 6 months prior to the analog switch off. This also applies in WA.
Since the start date on the Digital Ready website now says early 2011 and now last half of 2011 there is no guarantee it won't slide again. As I have pointed out the transmitter installation teams are busy in other parts of Australia. The commercial stations in regional WA only have one high powered digital transmitter. This was installed when WIN TV started when they were faced with a choice, buy an expensive high powered analog transmitter for a few years use to have to replace it with a digital one. Instead they bought a digital one and used STBs and low powered transmitters in the towns in the coverage area.
If you look at the Regional WA geographic forum. There has been a huge number of promises for a start date none of which have been honoured. The Bunbury transmitter covers a population of Hobart and is yet to get any commercial DTV. There is only 2 analog broadcasters. How long has Hobart had DTV is it 10 years at least?
The Minister must have told GWN/WIN that they had to start DTV terrestrial broadcasting so they did it in the cheapest possible way. They used the only high powered commercial transmitter and the rest are very low powered. So they have not installed any high powered transmitters in Bunbury and Mt Barker and medium power at Geraldton and Wagin. The rest of their network are either low powered or very low powered.
1. Why do you defend the present VAST setup when the rest of us do not like it?
2. If you are not retired, who do you presently work for, or, if you would be embarrassed by this, tell us what in particular you do for your present employer - that would assist us to understand your viewpoints?
3. What connection/interest, financial or otherwise, do you have with the introduction of VAST? I ask this because you appear to defend the commercial interests profiting from VAST.
In some areas you seem well informed but in others your responses appear incorrect and confusing. I remain perplexed why you deem to set yourself up as an authority yet your information is not always authoritative. Some cleared explanation would be appreciated so I can put more value into your contributions. They appear to be well meaning but often seem misleading.