WDR Fernsehen

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WDR Fernsehen
WDR Fernsehen 2013.svg
Launched December 27, 1965
Owned by Westdeutscher Rundfunk
Picture format 16:9 576i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Country Germany
Broadcast area North Rhine-Westphalia, also distributed nationally and in:
Austria
Belgium
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Switzerland
Headquarters Cologne, Germany
Formerly called Westdeutsches Fernsehen
West 3
Website http://www.wdr.de/tv/
Availability
Terrestrial
DVB-T (North Rhine-Westphalia) Channel 3
Satellite
Astra 19.2°E (Europe) 11.836 GHz Horizontal
SR: 27500 FEC: 3/4
SID: 28111 Video PID: 601 Audio PID: 602 Stereo
Astra 19.2°E (DVB-S2 HDTV) (Europe) 12.421 GHz Horizontal
SR: 27500 FEC: 3/4
SID: 28325 Video PID: 5501 Audio PID: 5502 Stereo, 5506 Dolby Digital
Astra 19.2°E (Europe) Sub-regional windows (19:30-20:00 hours):
Bielefeld, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Essen, Münster & Essen
12.421 GHz Horizontal
SR: 27500 FEC: 3/4
Astra 19.2°E (Europe) Sub-regional windows (19:30-20:00 hours):
Aachen, Bonn, Duisburg & Wuppertal
12.604 GHz Horizontal
SR: 22000 FEC: 5/6
Cable
Kabel Deutschland (Germany) Yes (SD)
UPC Cablecom (Switzerland) Channel 54 (HD, Mediabox)
Channel 54 (SD, DigiCard)
Channel 94 (HD, DigiCard)
Ziggo (Netherlands) Channel 613 (SD)
UPC (Netherlands) Channel 45 (SD)
Streaming media
WDR.de Watch live
UPC Horizon Watch live (Netherlands only)
Watch live (Switzerland only)

WDR Fernsehen is a regional public service television station owned & operated by Westdeutscher Rundfunk and serving North Rhine-Westphalia. It is one of the seven regional "third programmes" that are offered within the federal ARD network.

The station began broadcasting on December 17, 1965 as Westdeutsches Fernsehen (WDF), changing its name to West 3 in 1988, before settling for WDR Fernsehen in 1994.

Inititally, the channel was only available in North Rhine-Westphalia, but has become available across Germany with the launch of cable and satellite television. The station is also available free-to-air across Europe via Astra 19.2°E.

News sub-regions[edit]

WDR Fernsehen operates eleven sub-regional opt-out services, each broadcasting a 30-minute local news programme entitled Lokalzeit at 7:30pm every night with a short news update at 6pm on weekday evenings.