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Oh dear, I have succumbed, and am guilty of bloating what could be an otherwise useful thread. :(

Perhaps we should move the whole VAST discussion to the 'Ask an Installer' subforum where 'alanh' and anyone else who wants to cause trouble can't post their misinformation and rubbish and drive the discussion into the ditch. This is simply getting ridiculous.

Cheers,

ChaosMaster.

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? Still doesn't come up to $650 for regional South Australia.

Oh dear, I have succumbed, and am guilty of bloating what could be an otherwise useful thread. :(

your sentence will be five posts from Alanh to you....

These links bring up another question for those of us in the business....

from the how te subsidy works page...

4. Wait, and within 3-6 weeks receive a call from the installer to book your VAST installation day appointment. These Government contracted installers are suitably qualified and experienced in installation of satellite television equipment.

So are the government just going to contract this out to the large contracting companies?? therefore do us small guys get shutout? (most of us know how bad the large contracting companies are)

As an Endorsed Installer they've not communicated anything in this regard...

Have they learnt anything from the solar panel, insulation, HIBIS, etc etc.... program failures??

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The best deal is for those in regional WA.

As they currently have to pay a fair whack to get Foxtel installed, they could get VAST and then once the installer has left, plug in a foxtel box.

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So are the government just going to contract this out to the large contracting companies??

Apparently so.

On 16 June 2010, Hills Industries and Skybridge (Australia) Pty Ltd, were both selected as the successful contractors in the Riverland, Spencer Gulf and Mt Gambier and South-East of South Australia and Broken Hill switchover regions.

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DrP & M'bozo,

I have not mentioned any prices in this strand, only references to the digitalready website.

The maximum subsidies are $700 for NT, Qld and WA obviously for bigger dishes for tropical areas.

AlanH

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DrP & M'bozo,

I have not mentioned any prices in this strand, only references to the digitalready website.

The maximum subsidies are $700 for NT, Qld and WA obviously for bigger dishes for tropical areas.

AlanH

Not only has alanh mentioned prices several times in this 'strand' but even in the same post that he denies doing same.... fact!

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And suddenly the subsidy figures being stated by alanh has altered to fit the recently provided information by another forum member. Is this another case of alanh not quite knowing what he is talking about but presenting his knowlegde as fact none-the-less?

As for bigger dishes requiring a larger subsidy, while its true that bigger dishes do cost more there shouldn't be $300 difference if the dish is the issue! $300 difference buys one heck of a large dish. Let's face it, unless there is a lot of profitteering going on, an 85cm dish (which should do the job unless you live down a well) can be had for less than $100 for the general public. Are they going to be installing 2 to 3 metre dishes? Some how I don't think so therefore there must be something else to the price difference.

Edited by DrP

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According to the subsidy list, Cohuna Victoria is going to get VASTed. That's a town of nearly 3000 people on the Murray River. So much for any pretence of being "remote" or having less than 500 people. This is clearly just a commercial-broadcaster-driven list of places where they do not want to fund translator replacement.

Regards,

Will

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So much for any pretence of being "remote" or having less than 500 people.

Will,

It's always possible this may change over time, as the result of fine tuning.

In the area I usually install, two translators serving less than 500 people each (although this may not be the case by 2013) will be upgraded to digital (subject to satisfactory negotiations). This is in an area that may be only marginally friendly to the current federal government.

Now, call me a cynic. I see the Mallee area is not so friendly to those who govern at the moment, and this is not likely to change in a hurry. This might mean there would be no benefit to pork barrel a digital translator for the local area. :D

Cheers,

Marc.

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Will,

The original Government policy was towns of <500 people. Since then a deal has been made between the Minister & the broadcasters. The DBCDE pays for the satellite costs and the broadcasters pay for the digital installation & maintenance of around 100 self help sites. As you can see this list is slowly being revealed.

If a community in a blackspot does not want to use satellite receivers they can lobby the 5 networks to all change their minds or raise the money to install & maintain 5 DTV transmitters. This has to happen before the end of 2013.

The DBCDE expects each install to cost $200 - $350 more. So for Cohuna there maybe around 1200 dwellings x $200 = $240,000 - $420,000. Cohuna residents may wish to contact the organisation running the current analog translators to see if they wish to do an upgrade.

Alanh

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The DBCDE expects each install to cost $200 - $350 more

More than what? On information currently available, the DBCDE expects the householder contribution to be in the range $200-350.

On VAST installation day, pay the household contribution of $200 to $350

The actual installation cost is probably a known unknown.

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