Austrian radio station

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Österreichische Rundfunksender GmbH & Co KG
legal form GmbH & Co. KG
founding 2004-12-10
Seat Vienna 13 , Würzburggasse 30 ( ORF Center Vienna ) Coordinates: 48 ° 10 ′ 39.7 ″  N , 16 ° 17 ′ 25.9 ″  E
management Executive Director:
  • Norbert Grill
  • Michael Wagenhofer
Branch Transmission of radio and auxiliary radio services
As of April 22, 2019

The Austrian Broadcasting Services GmbH & Co KG ( ORS , English Austrian Broadcasting Services ) is a service company for analog and digital radio transmission, and is part of the state Austrian Broadcasting Corporation  (ORF). ORS, based in Vienna-Hietzing , on the Küniglberg , operates 1795 transmission systems at 430 locations for Austrian broadcasting and is also active as a broadcasting service provider for numerous private television and radio providers. In addition, ORS Services offers its infrastructure for cell phone operators and blue light services in the area of ​​co-location and acts as a service provider in the broadcast satellite area.

ORS emerged from ORF broadcasting technology , which was spun off into ORF's own subsidiary on January 1, 2005 . In July 2005, the ORF sold 40% of its subsidiary to the Medicur Holding, which belongs to the Lower Austrian Raiffeisen Group . Since 2014, the subsidiaries ORF-Enterprise and ORS have held a 25.1% stake in the Austrian start-up Flimmit .


On October 26, 2006, after several months of test operation, ORS started broadcasting digital terrestrial television ( DVB-T ) in the metropolitan areas of Austria.
DVB-T broadcasting in Austria ended on October 24, 2017. From then on, terrestrial television in Austria can only be received via DVB-T2.


Since April 12, 2010, a trial operation for DVB-T2 has taken place in Vienna . The programs ORF eins HD , ORF 2 HD and Servus TV HD as well as the radio programs Ö1 , Ö3 and FM4 were broadcast on channel 65 (826 MHz) by the station Kahlenberg . Various transmission parameters were tested. Trial operation ran until March 31, 2013.

The official start of DVB-T2 under the brand name SimpliTV took place on April 15, 2013 throughout Austria and offers up to 40 programs via the antenna, depending on regional availability. To receive the entire package, a monthly fee of ten euros has to be paid in addition to the broadcast tax. The reception of Servus TV HD and ORF programs in HD as well as other Austrian programs in the Mux-B regions that have already been converted to DVB-T2 is free after registration. However, the transmission is encrypted, so a commercially available CI + module (in connection with a DVB-T2 device; DVB-T devices are not suitable with the exception of special head-end stations) or a set-top box from SimpliTV is necessary. The last switch from DVB-T to DVB-T2 took place on October 24, 2017 in Carinthia.

ORS currently operates the following multiplexes in DVB-T2:

  • Mux A (in all regions - all ORF programs in HD - ORF2 regionalized with three federal state programs + radio programs)
  • Mux B (simplitv package in metropolitan areas)
  • Mux C (Pfänder, Patscherkofel, Vienna)
  • Mux D (simplitv package in metropolitan areas)
  • Mux E (simplitv package in metropolitan areas)
  • Mux F (simplitv package in metropolitan areas)

DVB-S / S2

ORS currently operates uplinks for five transponders of the Astra satellites at 19.2 ° East:

Transponder frequency polarization Symbol rate FEC modulation Programs
TR3 11244 MHz Horizontal 22,000 5/6 QPSK (DVB-S) ORF SPORT +, ATV2, Watch TV, ATV HD, Bible TV HD
TR5 11273 MHz Horizontal 22,000 2/3 8PSK (DVB-S2) ORF SPORT + HD, ORF III HD, ORF2HD federal states
TR7 11303 MHz Horizontal 22,000 2/3 8PSK (DVB-S2) ORF eins HD , ORF 2 HD , Servus TV HD , Servus TV Germany HD
TR115 12663 MHz Horizontal 22,000 5/6 QPSK (DVB-S) ORF III , goTV , LT1 , Servus TV, Servus TV Germany, BTV , Sixx Austria , radio
TR117 12692 MHz Horizontal 22,000 5/6 QPSK (DVB-S) ORF eins , ORF 2 , ORF2E , ATV , Hitradio Ö3


From June 1, 2006 to May 31, 2007, the ORS had the approval for a pilot project and broadcast a multiplex in DVB-H format. Due to the positive success, the pilot broadcast continued until February 1, 2008.

In 2007, the ORS submitted an application to the RTR tender for the MUX D. However, since it participated without the required prerequisites - it did not have a program aggregator - the ORS was rejected. The ORS was also unsuccessful in its appeal.

On February 29, 2008, MEDIA BROADCAST GmbH was granted approval to operate the MUX D, on which only DVB-H is broadcast. From June 2008, the DVB-H network was set up in cooperation with ORS. In time for the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008 , broadcasting with DVB-H was started in all of the state capitals. By August 2008, eleven transmission locations had been implemented with the ORS. This included important metropolitan areas such as Baden or Steyr .

However, as in other countries, the DVB-H service was subsequently unable to win any viewers and is considered to have failed. Estimates assume a maximum of 10,000-15,000 customers. The entire DVB-H broadcast was therefore discontinued on December 31, 2010.

Digital radio (DAB +)

From 2000 to the end of 2008, the ORS digitally broadcast the following radio programs in Vienna and Innsbruck:

At the end of 2008, DAB's program broadcasting was ended.

On May 28, 2015, DAB + test operations began with 15 programs in the greater Vienna area. This DAB + test operation ended on April 3, 2018. Simultaneously with April 3, 2018, the first private DAB + bouquet started on Kanal 11C in Vienna.

On May 28, 2019, ORS started the nationwide DAB + Federal Mux (DAB + Austria) with 9 programs in Austria

The ORS also broadcasts foreign DAB packages on the Pfänder transmitter as a service provider for neighboring countries.

Web links

Commons : Austrian radio stations  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Company Österreichische Rundfunksender GmbH & Co KG in Vienna . Commercial register data Creditreform /
  2. Imprint. (appointed May 27, 2017)
  3. ORS Team Blog of the Austrian Broadcasters: Start of the DVB-T2 test operation of the ORS in Vienna , April 12, 2010, accessed on January 3, 2011.
  4. Austria starts HDTV trial via DVB-T ,, April 12, 2010
  5. ORS Team Blog of the Austrian Broadcasters: Extension of the DVB-T2 test operation , accessed on May 12, 2012.
  6. Antenna TV: ORF will be using DVB-T2 from April. In: Retrieved April 5, 2013 .
  7. RTR : Approval for DVB-H pilot project ( notification from KommAustria of October 27, 2006 ), accessed on February 20, 2010.
  8. RTR: Authorization to operate MUX D ( KommAustria decision of February 29, 2008 ), accessed on February 20, 2010.
  9. Report on DVB-H also failed in Austria on October 14, 2010
  10. Shutdown of the DAB pilot project and medium wave . In: , December 1, 2008. Retrieved August 6, 2019.