Austrian public broadcaster ORF will launch two 24-hour thematic channels on the country’s national holiday on Wednesday, October 26 following the go-ahead for the new channels given by the commpetition authority (Bundeswettbewerbsbehörde).
The new HD DTH platform HD Austria has launched with initially seven HD channels available for viewers in Austria, but expanding to ten channels in the near future.
SmarDTV is to supply its SmarCAM-3 CI Plus modules into Austrian retail markets for public broadcaster ORF. The modules are compatible with broadcasters running Irdeto conditional access.
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.