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EinsFestival Logo.svg
Launched 30 August 1997
Owned by ARD
Picture format 16:9 576i (SDTV),
720p (HDTV)[1]
Country Germany
Language German
Headquarters Cologne, Germany
Sister channel(s) Das Erste
Website www.einsfestival.de
Astra Digital 10743.75 H 22000 5/6 (SDTV)
Astra Digital 12421.5 H 27500 3/4 (HDTV)[1]
Unitymedia Channel 290
KabelBW S28
Cablecom Channel 053 (digital CH-D)
T-Home Channel 56
Alice Channel 52
Streaming media
FilmOn Watch live

Einsfestival is a digital television channel from the German broadcaster ARD which launched on 30 August 1997.

Einsfestival is available on satellite and cable in Germany, and in some regions by digital terrestrial. The service is also available via the Zattoo Internet television service in Germany only.


EinsFestival programming includes documentaries, magazine programmes, films and music (rock and classical). Most of the programmes have already been broadcast by other public stations that belong to the ARD.

Since the 2004 Summer Olympics ARD and ZDF use their digital television channels to broadcast additional content about sport events like the Olympic Games or the UEFA Euro. For example, at the UEFA Euro 2008 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup they used the digital channels to broadcast different football matches taking place at the same time.

The management since October 2005 of EinsFestival lies with the ARD regional broadcaster Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), based in Cologne.

EinsFestival broadcast the second semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest 2010.

Einsfestival HD[edit]

From 21 to 24 March 2008, Einsfestival began HDTV test broadcasts via satellite and digital cable (Kabel BW). The first HD programme was the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin. From 22 December 2008 to 1 January 2009, Einsfestival again broadcast HD test programmes.

Einsfestival HD is broadcast at 720p50 via DVB-S on Astra 1KR: 12.4215 GHz, horizontal polarisation, 27500 symbols/s symbolrate, FEC 3/4 error protection.[1]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "HDTV in Einsfestival | Einsfestival" (in German). Retrieved 9 April 2012.