WDR Fernsehen

WDR Fernsehen
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:
Headquarters Cologne, Germany
Formerly called Westdeutsches Fernsehen
West 3
Website http://www.wdr.de/tv/
DVB-T (North Rhine-Westphalia) Channel 3
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
Kabel Deutschland (Germany) Yes (SD)
UPC Cablecom (Switzerland) Channel 54 (HD, Mediabox)
Channel 54 (SD, DigiCard)
Channel 94 (HD, DigiCard)
Ziggo (Netherlands) Channel 56 (SD)
Streaming media
WDR.de Watch live
Horizon Horizon.tv (Netherlands only)
Horizon.tv (Switzerland only)

WDR Fernsehen is a regional public service television channel owned and 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.

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

In November 2013, a new logo was launched.

News sub-regions

WDR Fernsehen operates eleven sub-regional opt-out services, each broadcasting a 30-minute local news programme entitled Lokalzeit at 19.30 each Monday to Saturday evening together with a shorter, 5-minute bulletin at 18.00 on Mondays to Fridays:

Station Logos

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