ORF eins

ORF eins
Launched August 1, 1955 (1955-08-01)
Owned by ORF
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Audience share 11.7% (2016 (2016), ORF)
Country Austria, Italy (South Tyrol)
Formerly called ORF (1955-1966)
FS1 (1967-1992)
ORF 1 (1992-2011)
Sister channel(s) ORF 2
ORF Sport +
Website tv.orf.at/program/orf1
Channel 1
(DVB-T MUX A, free-to-air)
Channel 1
(DVB-T MUX D, Irdeto)
ASTRA 1N (Europe)
12.692 GHz H / 22000 (BetaCrypt, Cryptoworks, Irdeto 2, Nagravision 3 & VideoGuard)
ASTRA 1L (Europe)
11.303 GHz H / 22000 (BetaCrypt, Cryptoworks, Irdeto 2, Nagravision 3 & VideoGuard)
UPC Channel 101
Cablecom Channel 007
A1 TV (Austria) Channel 1 (SD) / Channel 301 (HD)

ORF eins (German for ORF one) is an Austrian television channel. It was the first television channel in Austria, started in 1955.

ORF eins is one of four public TV channels in Austria. It is funded by a mixture of advertising revenue and television licence fees: as such, unlike the German TV stations (which are generally available free-to-air), ORF eins and its sister channels are encrypted over satellite.


ORF eins mainly shows films, TV series and sporting events; this is in contrast to ORF 2, which focuses more on news, documentaries and cultural programming. As the target audience of ORF eins is younger than that of ORF 2, ORF's children's output, okidoki, is broadcast on ORF eins every morning. Popular sporting events, such as skiing, Formula One and association football are also usually shown on ORF eins. ORF has exclusive rights to many sports; for example, it holds the rights to Formula One until 2020.[1] In addition to the regular commentary, some sporting events, as well as some dramas, carry special commentary tracks for the visually impaired, via the Zweikanalton system.[2]

Until April 9, 2007, ORF's flagship news programme Zeit im Bild (The Times in Pictures) was broadcast at 7:30pm on both ORF 1 and ORF 2; as part of a major programme overhaul, this was replaced on ORF 1 with the soap opera Mitten im 8en. Due to poor ratings, the soap was short-lived and was replaced on July 2, 2007 by Malcolm in the Middle.[3] To fill the void left by removing Zeit im Bild from ORF 1, two new news programmes entitled ZiB 20 and ZiB 24 were introduced; as their names suggest, they are broadcast at 8pm (20:00) and midnight (24:00) every night. In addition, short bulletins known as ZiB Flash are shown several times throughout the day.

Feature films form a key part of the primetime output on ORF eins, and are shown several nights a week: many movie premieres are shown at the same time as on German broadcasters, but without the commercial interruptions that are commonplace on private German channels. Certain films and series are broadcast with both the German dub and the original (usually English) soundtrack via Zweikanalton (Two-channel sound).







High definition broadcast

On January 28, 2008, ORF started its high-definition services. The first broadcast was a ski race called The Nightrace in Schladming. A special HDTV event, introducing HD technology, was scheduled in all regional ORF stations right after. The technological partner for HD productions is Telekom Austria.[4] Test operations began on May 1, 2008: ten days later, these were made available to any households with an ORF card showing a trailer. Those who could receive ORF 1 HD would see a trailer which showed excerpts from sports footage, films and documentaries.[5]

ORF eins HD officially launched on June 2, 2008, five days before the start of 2008 UEFA European Football Championship.


ORF eins HD is broadcast on Astra 19.2° east on 10,832 GHz horizontal (SR 22000, FEC 5/6). The channel is also available through Cable and IPTV.[6][7]


Initially, the vast majority of programmes were upscaled, save for some sporting events, movie premieres and American television series. However, this has gradually increased; more and more of ORF's productions have been in HD, and many older copies of movies and TV series were re-sourced and replaced with HD scans; for example, older episodes of The Simpsons have been remastered in HD and, as of 2017, are broadcast in this format on ORF eins.


Due to a redesign in 2000, ORF1 received a new logo: a moving, soft-edged, gelatinous cube with the number 1 inside. The logo has been nicknamed "Jelli." In 2005, there was another update to ORF's on-screen design: to avoid the logo being burnt in to plasma screens, it was changed from green to grey all-over.

In 2010, it was announced that ORF1 would be rebranded as "ORF eins" from January 8, 2011.

Parental guidance

ORF abridges some movies due to child-protection rules, but less often than German stations. ORF identifies its programs with initials: X (not suited for children; parential guidance advised), O (adults only), or with no initial. The sign K+ (recommended for children) is shown only on teletext.


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