Second DTT multiplex attracts 32 applicants

Thirty-two applications were received for Austria’s second DTT multiplex due to launch in October. Sixteen of the applications were for TV channels and 16 for radio stations although TV takes priority due to the lack of spectrum space.
ORF are pleased at the number of applications and expect to complete negotiations with successful broadcasters before mid-June.
A third multiplex mainly reserved for regional broadcasters will be opened for applications later this year.
DTT coverage is expected to be 80% of all households by the end of 2007 and analogue switch off is planned for 2009.
By the end of March 150,000 DTT receivers had been sold of which 60,000 where MHP enabled.
Source: Broadband TV news
Item added: 24th April 2007