Jörn Krieger ©RapidTVNews | 03-08-2011

Austria’s public broadcaster ORF will offer its viewers the possibility to access its catch-up service ORF-TVthek on conventional TV sets from early August 2011.

National telco A1 Telekom Austria will integrate the service into its IPTV platform A1 TV. The platform’s 175,000-plus customers will then be able to watch all programmes available at ORF-TVthek (http://tvthek.orf.at) in full TV quality. Customers will be able to navigate through the service, which is offered at no additional charge, using the remote control for the IPTV receiver.

The design and menu structure of ORF-TVthek will be adjusted for access on the TV screen. The service, which launched in November 2009, has so far only been available on the internet and - since December 2010 - on mobile devices.

In early August ORF will also increase the number of TV formats offered on its catch-up service from 70 to over 100 by adding documentaries, comedy shows, discussion rounds, sports and children’s programmes.

Also, 50 formats, instead of the current 20, will be regularly simulcast as live streams on the internet, including all news, current affairs and regional programmes. Up to 50% of ORF’s programme line-up will then be available on the internet.