ORS to launch DVB-T2 package simpliTV in Austria

Jörn Krieger | 05-02-2013
Technical services provider ORS is to launch a new digital terrestrial TV platform (DTT) in Austria.
The offering, dubbed simpliTV, will contain around 40 TV channels of which 20-30% will be in high definition, ORS spokesman Michael Weber told Rapid TV News.
On board will be channels of all major German language public and commercial TV broadcasters, although the final line-up hasn't been fixed yet. As transmission standard, DVB-T successor DVB-T2 will be used to enable more channels, including HDTV, and better picture quality. However, viewers need new reception devices as the currently used DVB-T receivers are not suitable for DVB-T2.
According to Weber, the whole package will be encrypted and offered to consumers for a fee. The monthly subscription price has not been finalised yet, but it's thought to be around €10. For encryption, ORS will use a software-based solution without smartcards provided by technology company Irdeto with whom ORS already collaborates for it DTH satellite platform on Astra (19.2° East).
For reception, viewers require a DVB-T2 receiver which will be available in retail stores or a flat-screen TV set with an integrated DVB-T2 tuner and a CI+ interface into which a simpliTV conditional access module has to be inserted. For technology and sales, ORS has arranged partnerships with Kathrein and HB Austria.
"With simpliTV, we want to make digital terrestrial television more competitive," said Weber, adding that DTT would currently only offer eight to ten TV channels in Austria and therefore considerably lag behind the variety provided by satellite, cable and IPTV. "This is not really attractive."
ORS will give further details of participating channels, coverage and technical aspects in March 2013. The free-of-charge current DTT line-up will continue to be offered by the technical services subsidiary of public broadcaster ORF in parallel with simpliTV.