Public HD on majority of German platforms

By Robert Briel
February 1, 2010 08.42 UK

The majority of distribution platforms in Germany have now announced they will carry HD channels from public broadcasters. The latest to confirm is Deutsche Telekomís IPTV service T-Entertain.

ARDís Das Erste HD, ZDF HD and Arte HD will be available on T-Entertain in those areas where HD transport is possible. The announcement follows an earlier agreement between the pubcasters and the countryís largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland KDG to take the three HD channels.

Earlier, a number of other cable operators, including Unitymedia, Kabel BW, Tele Columbus, Primacom, HL Komm, RFT and S+K, also said they will start to carry the HD channel. In Switzerland, Liberty Globalís Cablecom has also said it will distribute the HD versions. In some networks, distribution is limited to the ARD and ZDF channels only.

On satellite DTH, all three channels are available free to air on the Astra position of 19.2 degrees East.