Austria's public broadcaster ORF wants to enable its viewers to access its catch-up TV service on conventional TV sets.

What this means in practices is that the ORF TVthek, which is currently only available via internet on computers, smartphones and tablet-PCs, will be offered as a TV version in future.

ORF also wants to make its web portal accessible on TV sets in future. Austria's broadcast and telecommunications regulation authority RTR will subsidise the development of the offers through a financial support of around 204,000 taken out of the country's federal digitalisation funds. The grant corresponds with around 40% of the total costs, according to RTR.

The services will be based on multimedia standard HbbTV which makes internet offerings available on the TV set. The precondition is a HbbTV-compliant TV set or digital receiver hooked up with the internet.

20% of all flat-screen TV sets sold in Austria in 2010 were connected TV sets, 2009 the share was only 7%. Experts expect that in 5 years around 80% of all TV sets will have an internet connection.

Through ORF TVthek viewers can watch TV programmes they missed during their initial broadcast in full-length free of charge.