NDR, the regional affiliate of German public broadcaster ARD for the northern part of the country, will transmit its regional TV channel in high-definition from 1 May 2012.

The supervisory board has approved the plan at its latest assembly in Hamburg and NDR Fernsehen HD will initially be available to DTH households via Astra (19.2 East) with further distribution platforms to follow. The channel will use capacity vacated following the termination of analogue satellite broadcasting in Germany on 30 April 2012.

"With the free-to-air transmission of NDR Fernsehen in high-resolution quality we will comply with many viewer requests," said NDR director-general Lutz Marmor. "We promise: The won't be additional costs in the shape of a 'TV toll' for NDR's HD programme."