ORS, the technical services subsidiary of Austrian public broadcaster ORF, has launched a trial for Ultra HD/4K (UHD) broadcasts on DTT in Vienna.
The ORS transmitter sites Kahlenberg (pictured) and Liesing broadcast the first UHD offer on DVB-T2 platform simpliTV until the end of 2020. As there is no space left on the DTT capacities currently used by simpliTV, the two transmitter sites were upgraded with an additional multiplex which distributes the UHD offer in the greater Vienna area on DTT channel 21.
“We are very pleased to be able to transmit digital terrestrial television in UHD quality in Austria for the first time. Until now, reception of UHD channels was only possible via satellite, cable and streaming. With this test, we would like to establish UHD for digital terrestrial television via the DVB-T2 standard in the future”, said Markus Mangi, ORS Service Owner DTT.
The UHD offer consists of the lifestyle channel Insight UHD, which offers a 24-hour service. Until October 11, the French Open from Roland Garros, Paris, is also broadcast via antenna as part of the UHD trial.
An UHD TV set with integrated DVB-T2 tuner, a simpliTV antenna and a simpliTV CI+ module are required for reception.