ARD to launch new HD channels on 5 December

Jörn Krieger | 27-11-2013

German public broadcaster ARD will launch its new HD channels on Astra (19.2° East) on 5 December 2013.

DTH satellite households will then be able to receive the regional channels MDR Fernsehen, RBB Fernsehen and hr fernsehen, including their local windows, in high resolution.

ARD's digital channels EinsPlus, Einsfestival and tagesschau24 will launch their HD simulcasts at the same time. The HD versions of MDR, RBB and hr will use transponder 61 (10.891 GHz H, SR 22,000, FEC 2/3) while EinsPlus HD, Einsfestival HD and tagesschau24 HD will occupy transponder 39 (11.053 GHz H, SR 22,000, FEC 2/3).

With the launch of the new HD channels, nearly all of ARD's channels will be available in HD quality via satellite. ARTE HD marked the beginning in early 2009 and ARD's main channel Das Erste HD followed in February 2010. In April 2012, ARD's regional channels BR, NDR, SWR and WDR as well as public joint venture channels Ki.KA, Phoenix and 3sat launched their HD simulcasts.

The new HD channels will be available on Astra unencrypted. Cable operators will decide themselves about carriage. Tele Columbus is the first cable company that has announced to distribute the new ARD HD channels on its network from their day of launch.