Terrestrial television in Austria has now fully been digitalised: ORS, the technical services subsidiary of public broadcaster ORF, has switched the last 24 transmitter sites in the region around Mariazell and Mürztal to DTT.
TV via aerial in Austria is now nationwide only offered in digital form. From October 2006 to June 2011, the ORS team transferred a total of 320 transmitter sites to DTT basic coverage with multiplex A.
The bouquet contains public channels ORF 1 and ORF 2 along with commercial channel ATV. 19 sites additionally transmit multiplex B comprising ORF Sport Plus and 3sat as well as commercial channels Puls 4 and Servus TV.
97.7% of Austria's households are able to receive DTT channels. Currently, around 349,000 people make use of this possibility, corresponding with a market share of around 5% compared with cable and satellite.
Through the fast roll-out of the DVB-T2 standard from 2012 ORS wants to increase the DTT market share to 12-15% until 2015. The DVB-T successor technology provides an improved signal compression, enabling more channels, HDTV and multimedia services to be offered on terrestrial frequencies.
ORS wants to use the experiences gained in Austria in foreign countries. "There are good business opportunities in particular in our neighbouring states in Eastern Europe because of the impending digitalisation of their transmitter networks or the provision of technical services," ORS managing director Michael Wagenhofer said in Vienna.