Austrian cable nets go digital
Two of Austria’s 25 cable operators have ordered digital set-top boxes (DVB-C); between the two of them, Kabelsignal (of Niederösterreich) and Liwest (of Oberösterreich) 30,000 sets have been ordered. Other operators who are likely to join are Bnet (Burgenland) Salzburg AG and Telesystem Tirol. The STBs are part of the special digitalisation programme with a €40 subsidy for the consumer. In total there are 66,666 subsidised cable tuners available. Only interactive boxes with MHP capabilities are eligible for the subsidy. The two operators also will offer an HD box. Austria’s largest cable operator UPC Telekabel is not taking part in the programme, as the company does not sell its set-top boxes, but rents them out. They also use OpenTV rather than MHP as middleware.