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DVB-T - digital terrestrial television in Austria

In February, 2006, the Austrian communications authority KommAustria licensed ORS accordingly to operate a nationwide terrestrial multiplex platform (MUX A and MUX B).

26th October, 2006: Start of digital terrestrial televiosion in Austria

Digital terrestrial television was launched on 26th October, 2006, initially employing simulcast (simultaneous analogue and digital TV broadcasting).

The introduction of DVB-T was accompanied by a comprehensive information campaign: over 2 million television households in the country were made aware of the impending innovation and the technical requirements for reception in writing.  In addition, print and online advertising as well as TV spots drew attention to the start of the digital era.

The platform www.dvb-t.at was launched as a service portal and provided detailed information on timetables, reception areas concerned and about aspects such as receivers and qualified specialists in the vicinity throughout the transition period.

Certified terminal devices were available in retail stores on time

By intensification of cooperation with suppliers and manufacturers, ORS was able to ensure well in advance that DVB-T-receivers were available in sufficient numbers at the time of rollout.

With regard to their smooth functioning, ORS, together with TÜV Austria (TÜV - technical inspection association) initiated a testing procedure whereby, upon successful completion of the examination, the DVB-T set-top boxes were marked with a corresponding test label. Thereby, the choice of suitable reception equipment was made considerably easier for consumers. At the same time, retailers, who assumed a key role in the course of switchover, could rest assured that devices bearing a "DVB-T" logo could be sold without subsequent problems or major aftersales complications.

Another accompanying measure was executed out through retail trade: when the broadcasting and telecom regulatory authority RTR had earmarked subsidies for switchover to DVB-T from the digitalization fund, early switchers and households exempt from broadcasting fees were given a financial grant upon purchase of certain DVB-T receivers.

5th march, 2007: first conurbation completely digitalized

When, on 5th March, 2007, the first conurbation - Bregenz and environs - was completely        switched over to exclusively digital terrestrial television with the transmission facility Pfänder, this step proceeded smoothly.

At the latest, with fading in tickers which drew attention to the impending switchover date over the last remaining weeks, the entire population could be reached and prepared so that only a handful of screens turned black when the analogue signal was finally switched off.  Following this successfully proven concept, switchover to digital terrestrial television was gradually rolled out in all provincial capitals from the west toward the east of the country in the following months. Within a year, ORS managed to generate DVB-T coverage of about 80 percent.

More Programme diversity for digital terrestrial households

Up to switchover to digital terrestrial television, the DVB-T bouquet merely comprised the three channels ORF 1, ORF 2 and ATV which are broadcast all over Austria.  Upon the start of the second, regional multiplex platform MUX B, the DVB-T range doubled, adding ORF SPORT PLUS, 3Sat and PULS 4. In September, 2009, the range of programmes which could be received via MUX B was extended by another channel, ServusTV. As of 26th October, ORF III can be received via DVB-T (MUX B). 

Switching over all medium-, small- and tiny-sized stations to digital television standard as well constituted a particular challenge for the team at ORS.

7th June, 2011: Austria is digital

On 7th June, 2011, turnoff of analogue television in Austria was completed.  With the conversion of the remaining few households still supplied with analogue television in the regions of Mariazell and Mürztal, digitalization of terrestrial broadcasting was mastered not only on schedule but also in an exemplary way.

A total of 320 transmitters were converted to DVB-T by ORS.  Making full use of the technical potential means that today, Austria's households enjoy a larger programme diversity than they did in the "analogue era".

ORS provides a flawless tv experience

As part of its mission, ORS does not deem the project DVB-T completed with Austria's overall terrestrial digitalization.

As a service provider, ORS continues to care for flawless functioning of the terrestrial broadcasting network, maintenance and optimisation of transmitters as well as not least the implementation of technical advancements. For instance, adaptation of modulation parameters and new multiplex technologies have led to continuous gain of bit rates so that the MUX B-programme bouquet has grown to a total of five channels – a marked rise compared to the initial three programmes when rollout was started. Thus, TV consumers, programme providers and broadcasters benefit from ORS' extensive know how.