German public broadcaster ARD will expand its HD portfolio with nine new HD channels launching on two transponders on Astra (19.2° East) in December 2013, according to information obtained by Rapid TV News.
RBB Brandenburg HD, RBB Berlin HD, MDR Sachsen HD, MDR Sachsen-Anhalt HD, MDR Thüringen HD and HR Fernsehen HD will use transponder 61 (10.891 GHz H, SR 22,000, FEC 2/3).
Transponder 39 (11.053 GHz H, SR 22,000, FEC 2/3) will carry Einsfestival HD, EinsPlus HD and tagesschau24 HD.
The signals on transponder 61 will be uplinked by ARD's playout centre at regional affiliate RBB in Potsdam, while the uplink station operated by regional affiliate WDR in Langenberg will send the channels on transponder 39 to the satellite.
With the launch of the HD versions of its remaining digital thematic channels and the channels of its regional affiliates, ARD will distribute its complete channel family in HDTV with the exception of SR Fernsehen, Radio Bremen TV and BR-alpha. All channels operated by fellow public broadcaster ZDF as well as the jointly operated public channels ARTE, 3sat, Phoenix and KI.KA are already available in high resolution. All signals are unencrypted.