The Austrian national private broadcaster ATV and facilities company ORS are fighting over the costs of DTT transmissions. According to local newspaper reports, the broadcaster has not yet paid a cent to ORS since going on air in October 2006. According to the broadcaster, the costs are too high and technical reach insufficient. Yearly costs are believed to be around €4 million, and at the moment there are some 400,000 set-top boxes in the market. This translates into a yearly cost of €10 per household. ORS is wholly owned by the public broadcaster ORF. In Germany, the high costs of DTT transmissions has stopped commercial broadcasters to use this way of distribution in certain areas.
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