Regular HD-broadcasting

Regular HD-broadcasting

HDTV becomes part of everyday television





Now that traditional analogue television has gone digital, we are facing the next step into the future of television: High-Definition Television (HDTV) offers extremely sharp picture quality on large flat-screen televisions, along with surround sound. About 51 million HDTV-devises are ready and waiting in German households - particularly HDready-flat-screen sets. At the end of 2012 there should be 30 million integrated HDTV sets in Germany and additional 12 million HDTV-receivers, judged the Gesellschaft für Unterhaltungs- und Kommunikationselektronik (gfu). For the first time in 2010 already sold more boxes with HDTV than standard TV.

Satellite TV is the frontrunner in terms of television channels. Astra and Eutelsat in particular are offering increasing numbers of HDTV programmes. Also in the cable networks of different operators, the HDTV diversity is growing and in IPTV there are nearly a dozen high-definition TV programs. An overview of the various ways to get HDTV programms on various ways and different conditions offers Stiftung Warentest in a web special to digital television. Numerous consumer centers of the provinces informs on a single web page about HDTV (example: Berlin). Some consumer organizations have additionaly specific information about the digital TV like the complete overview "media compass" of LfM and Verbraucherzentrale NRW.

Overall, the HDTV program diversity increases very dynamic: By May 2009, there were only four stations in Germany as high-definition television - now there are over 60. The widest range offers the subscription platform Sky, emitting two dozen HD channels ranging from sports to history and nature documentaries to feature films. Among FTA channels Anixe was the pioneer.

Transponderwechsel_30042012 With the Winter Olympics in February 2010 began public broadcasters ARD and ZDF their nationwide TV programs in high definition as regular service, after arte HD was launched in 2009. In the coming years, the regional programs of the ARD, other partner channels such as 3sat, KiKa and Phoenix as well as the three digital channels of ARD are switching over to HDTV. The funds freed up by the switch-off of analogue channels to satellite capacity used the public broadcasters already from 30 April 2012 for an HDTV-offensive: Instead of the until three programs ARD and ZDF offer after switching 12 of its programs as high-definition television. The following table provides a summary, which you can enlarge by clicking. A corresponding PDF for download can be found under Documents / HDTV and 3DTV.

Major commercial broadcasters ProSieben and Sat.1 have already been broadcasted between October 2005 and February 2008 in HD - from January 2010, these two stations as well as other programs of the group will be broadcasted in HDTV on the satellite platform HD+. Since the launch of HD + in November 2009, the Media Group RTL Germany disseminated through this platform of satellite operator Astra its channels RTL and VOX in HDTV - now are more to come. Whether satellite, cable or IPTV - Experts predict that more and more private free-TV provider in Germany offers their programs in HDTV.

For viewers, it is therefore increasingly important to learn about high-definition television and to consider HDTV when purchasing new, more sustainable consumer electronics. After all, it's not enough to buy HD-capable monitors - even satellite and cable boxes, players and recorders must be HD-compatible. Useful Tips offers the "Purchasing Guide HDTV" by the Gesellschaft für Unterhaltungs- und Kommunikationselektronik (gfu), the Bundesverband Technik des Einzelhandels (BVT) and two associations of the Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie (ZVEI) in cooperation with the German TV-Platform. The new edition was published in 2012 - it could read ans downloaded also under www.gfu.de.

For the information of the trade and consumers the German TV-Platform collected more informations about the technical background of HDTV. The experts have answered frequently asked questions about high definition TV in easy to understand manner. "Wissenswertes über HDTV" as 2010's edition someone can use in the appropriate section of this web special (only in German, PDF for download). Additional informations are also elsewhere in this website, especially in the menu "Digitales Fernsehen" as well as in a special edition of "TV Zukunft" (all in german).

As a new service experts from the German TV Platform at IFA 2010 have developed an interactive tool that allows all interested consumers to find their own entry into the high-definition TV world. In three steps (question - answer) each user gets valuable information about upgrading to HDTV - according to the desired HDTV-programs, to personal equipment and to concrete receive paths. The results can also be printed.


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