Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR), the regional affiliate of German public broadcaster ARD serving federal state Saarland, has commenced offering its TV channel as a live-stream on the internet.
“In time of the beginning of the summer holiday period in Saarland, SR has launched this new service. This way, all inhabitants can watch their local TV channel around the globe in perfect quality and keep up to date on developments in Saarland and the region,” SR programme director Lutz Semmelrogge said in Saarbrücken.
The service which is available 24 hours per day worldwide uses an adaptive stream: The quality and transmission data rate is automatically adjusted to the internet connection quality of the over-the-top TV (OTT) reception device. This is mainly important in the case of unstable data rates, for example on smartphones and tablets, to prevent interruptions of the stream.
Public broadcasters ARD and ZDF, several of ARD’s regional affiliates and sister channels also offer their services as live-streams on the internet.