UPC Austria has started to distribute 49 channels in its basic tier without encryption, including two HD channels.
The move allows customers with a UPC connection to watch these channels without a CI+ module or UPC Mediabox on any digital television set with a DVB-C tuner.
The 49-channel package is available as the UPC TV Mini product which is part fo the cheapest FIT triple-play product (€17.99) and includes the two HD channels from the public broadcaster, ORF eins HD and ORF 2 HD.
The basic tier includes 38 analogue channels and now also 49 digital TV channels, which can be viewed on any TV set in the home with a suitable tuner.
The operator said the number of digital TV customers has increased with 50% since 2009. UPC offers 214 digital channels.