The ProsiebenSat.1 Group has signed a long-term capacity contract for one transponder with SES Astra. The new transponder will be used to broadcast four new HD channels for the Austrian market.
Three years after the launch of the fulltime HD transmissions of its flagship channel, Austrian public broadcaster ORF has said that 700,000 people now watch their two HD channels.
The Austrian public broadcaster ORF will this June terminate the digital teletext service ORF OK-MultiText using the MHP standard. The move marks the de facto end of the Media Home Platform standard in the country.
The Austrian telecoms and media authority KommAustria has announced its intention to licence the new ORF 3 information and cultural channel.
Austrian public broadcaster Österreichische Rundfunk (ORF) will turn its thematic channel TW1 into ORF3 – Kultur und Information on May 1, according to local press reports.
ORF-Thek, the catch-up TV and VOD portal from the Austrian public broadcaster, will launch on Friday, December 17 on the iPad and iPhone. During next year the service will also be made available on other types of smart phones.
The Austrian facilities company ORS, part of public broadcaster ORF, is planning the introduction of its own pay-TV platform to be called TV Direkt.
AustriaSat, the new DTH platform for Austria, will go live on Tuesday October 26 on the Astra satellite system at 19.2 degrees East.
Austrian public broadcaster ORF’s catch-up TV service has reached 17.4 million requested streams during its first 100 days of operation.
SES Astra has announced that the Austrian public broadcaster ORF will start broadcasting its second HD channel on Astra. The launch of ORF2 HD on SES Astra’s 19.2 degrees East orbital position is scheduled for December 5 and follows the successful roll-out of ORF1 HD in June 2008.