German public broadcaster ARD will simulcast its digital channels Eins Festival, Eins Plus and Eins Extra in high-definition from 2014. This was confirmed by a spokesman of affiliate station SWR to German industry newsletter "Digitalmagazin" with reference to an ARD resolution.
ARD already announced that the regional TV channels offered by its affiliates NDR, WDR, SWR and BR will be simulcast in HDTV from May 2012.
Fellow public broadcaster ZDF also plans to launch further HD channels: ZDFinfokanal, ZDFkultur and ZDFneo will be simulcast in high-defition from May 2012. At the same time, joint channels 3sat and Phoenix will launch in HD.