KEF, the commission for the evaluation of the public licence fee for ARD and ZDF, aims for the public broadcasters to terminate the SD distribution of their TV channels on Astra (19.2° East) for DTH satellite households in mid-2020.
Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), the Bavarian affiliate of German public broadcaster ARD, will offer its educational TV channel ARD-alpha in HD quality from January 2019.
In the night from April 24 to 25, 2018, the deployment of the new DTT standard DVB-T2/HEVC throughout Germany will enter the third stage.
German public broadcaster ZDF has terminated its distribution on Eutelsat’s Hotbird satellite system at 13° East at the end of 2017, a ZDF spokeswoman confirmed to Broadband TV News.
The German media authorities have jointly with industry associations, cable operators and TV broadcasters founded the initiative Digitales Kabel to accompany the transition to sole digital TV distribution on German cable networks.
The live coverage of German motorsports series DTM will move from ARD to Sat.1: The German commercial channel will show all races live and exclusive from 2018.
OTT platform Zattoo has introduced a recording function in Germany.
German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF will continue to screen the international matches of Germany’s national football team.
German public broadcaster ARD wants to terminate the DTH satellite transmission of its TV channels in standard definition (SD) on Astra (19.2° East).
Eurosport will not transmit the Olympic Games exclusively in Germany between 2018 and 2024.