Germany’s ARD and ZDF plan HD road map
Friday, January 25th, 2008

German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF are planning a road map to the introduction of High Definition (HD) transmissions in the country. The launching will coincide with the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. The introduction will take place gradually, with more showcase transmissions planned for this year.

In 2009, the public broadcasters will have a single HD satellite transponder for use by all public broadcasters. At the end of 2011, both ARD and ZDF will each have their own HD transponder.

For the time being, the public HD channels will only be available on satellite. Cable distribution is not foreseen until 2012, reports Broadband TV News.

(Source: Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union)