DTT launch in October 2006
Public broadcaster ORF is ready to launch DTT services in October 2006.
It will provide services to 70% of the population initially.
The second and third launch phases are planned to reach 77% of the population by February 2007 and 91% of the population by the end of 2008. In December 2010, the population coverage should reach 95% with 349 transmitters.
ORF will offer ORF 1, ORF 2 and ATV+ as well as interactive services on its multiplex. Following analogue switch-off, a second multiplex may be launched.
Analogue switch-off is likely to begin in 2007 following a 6 month simulcast of analogue and digital terrestrial services.
ORF has applied for the licence for a DTT multiplex offered by the government. Under government regulations, the DTT multiplex licence holder must offer services to at least 60% of the population within the first year of receiving the licence.
In terms of television reception, 14% of households rely on the terrestrial platform.
Initial source: DigiTAG