WDR starts HD tests on Astra

March 18, 2009 | 08:30 UK

German public broadcaster WDR from Cologne has started test transmission on the Eins Festival HD transponder on Astra at 19.2 East.

The Westdeutscher Rundfunk had earlier said it would launch test transmissions in order to prepare for regular broadcasts. The Eins Festival HD transponder has been used during the past year for special HD showcase presentations during the IFA in Berlin and last Christmas.

At the moment, the German language HD offer on Astra is limited to the free-to-air channels Luxe.tv HD and Annixe HD and the two premium channels Discovery HD and Premiere HD. The past few days there has been some speculation that ProSiebenSat.1 would resume HD broadcasts and that RTL is contemplating launching HD; bot so far there has been no official word from either of the broadcasters.