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UPC Austria to stop encrypting basic channels

UPC Austria is to stop encrypting some 47 digital channels at the end of this month, enabling existing analogue customers to receive digital services without the need for a set-top box.

The channels, which include public broadcaster ORF’s services, will be available via any TV with a DVB-C receiver, enabling existing digital subscribers to view digital services on other TVs without the need for additional digital receivers.

Customers who wish to subscribe to premium services and video-on-demand will continue to require a set-top.