VAST television for hospitality systems
Remote area satellite television
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Australian television broadcasters have joined together to provide remote areas with digital satellite television services. The places that are out of range of the terrestrial TV transmitters can now have high quality digital television through a system known as Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST). The service is encrypted and requires a registration with ACMA, the Australian Communications and Media Authority. This is because commercial TV and their advertising are restricted to their licenced areas. VAST receivers require a VAST card, available from ACMA upon registration of your address. Australia-wide cards are available for caravanners and grey nomads, which will let you get out national TV channels all over Australia.
Hospitality VAST headend systems
Vantage Broadband provides headend systems for hospitality complete with onsite installation and support services. This consists of a TV headend box which receives and decodes all of the local TV programs from the satellite and converts the all to DVB-T for distribution in an RF cable distribution system, as well as an IPTV output for distribution through a data network or a Wi-Fi system. Any Australian standard TV set can plug into the RF cable distribution system without need for anything else. Most “Smart Television” sets can plug in direct into a LAN network cable or receive programs over Wi-Fi, but not all brands or types of TV sets comply with the latest standards and you would have to check for TV sets that support “Hospitality TV over IP networks”. For older TV sets a set-top box is available, which is cheaper than buying new TV sets.
In some areas you can add Foxtel satellite programs, although that will need a hospitality subscription with Foxtel. Call them for details.
Most smartphones and touchpads can use Wi-Fi to view the TV programs. A free “App” like “VLC Media Player” will do the job nicely for you.
Deployment in remote areas
Vantage Broadband will do the network designs, the deployment, and the ongoing support of television distribution systems for hotels, motels, camping sites, mining camps and smallish residential developments in remote areas, mostly together with superfast Internet distribution at the same time. One coaxial cable system or fibre optic cable system can carry both television and Internet to each guest room or each cabana.
There are also mobile Internet systems which fit on a trailer with batteries, solar panels, self-aligning satellite antennas and a telescopic mast to provide Wi-Fi coverage in areas deprived of any other telecommunications. Ready for rapid deployment to provide Internet, telephony, and VAST television anywhere in Australia.
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