German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF are seeking cable carriage for their 10 new HD channels, which will launch on April 30, 2012.
The German Bundeskartellamt (Federal cartel authority) has opened antitrust proceedings reviewing the proposed VOD platform of public broadcasters ARD and ZDF.
ARD, the umbrella organisation of the German public broadcasters, has announced that its three thematic digital channels EinsFestival, EinsPlus and EinsExtra will start their HD simulcasts in 2014.
The German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF are planning the launch of a common premium VOD service together with TV and film production companies, according to the Financial Times Deutschland.
The Astra capacity that will be freed up from April 30, 2012 by switching off the analogue signals from the German public broadcasters will be used to launch HD versions of the factual channel Phoenix and the so-called ‘third channels’ of BR, NDR, SWR and WDR.
The daily number of German teletext users increased in 2010 to 16.21 million, up from 15.76 million, according to researh by public broadcaster ARD.
The German public broadcaster ARD has signed agreements with Eutelsat and SES Astra to bring its main channel Das Erste to German soldiers serving in Afghanistan.
German public broadcaster ARD is launching an App for its daily news show, Tagesschau, which gives access to both live streams and on demand news.
The German public broadcaster ARD is considering scrapping one or all three of its digital thematic channels, according to a report in Die Zeit as part of cost controlling measures.
Using the slogan 1080i bei ARD+ZDF jetzt! German viewers have started an online petition on the Hifi-Forums demanding the public broadcasters to give up the 720p HD transmission standard.