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.
Germany’s largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland KDG has reached agreement to carry three public HD channels on is network, Das Erste HD, ZDF HD and Arte HD.
The German analogue DTH switch-off has come a step closer now that the state media authorities suggest all broadcasters end their analogue satellite broadcasts on April 30, 2012.
The German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF plan to switch off their analogue transmissions on Astra on April 30, 2012, according to Carl Eugen Eberle, ZDF Director of Legal Affairs, who announced the news during the FRK cable congress in Leipzig.
ANGA, the association of German cable operators, has said the public broadcasters ARD and ZDF should pay for the distribution of their HD channels over cable networks. “ARD and ZDF are spending licence fees for satellite distribution, but expect the cable operators to pass on the extra cost to cable customers,” according to ANGA president […]
IFA 2009 – BERLIN. German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF want to switch off their analogue broadcasts over the Astra satellite in the first quarter of 2012, according to Fritz Raff, vice chairman of the ARD.
The German cable operator Kabel Deutschland KDG and ARD/ZDF have agreed on the conditions of carriage of the HD versions of the main public channels in the country.
After several false starts German public television is reigniting its interest in the HD format with the Athletics World Championships, taking place in Berlin between August 15 and 23.