TS News - ARD Unveils Phoenix Plans

TELE-satellit News, 7 February 1997

ARD Unveils Phoenix Plans
  BONN, Germany, 97/02/07 (SatND) -- German pubcaster ARD has announced its
"special event and documentary" channel Phoenix due to be launched on April
1 in co-operation with pubcaster ZDF will initially be distributed via DFS
Kopernikus. Interestingly, there was no mention of any EUTELSAT
distribution. So far, the channel seems to have no chance to get access to
the country's already overcrowded cable networks.
  In August, ARD will launch its free digital service that instead of
offering niche channels will try to present "networked" programming. The
package will consist of ARD's national channel, their eight regional
channels, Phoenix, their recently launched children's channel plus some
additional offers based upon ARD's national progamming. A decoder will be
available next autumn at DM400 to 600, ARD officials said.

  By: Peter Klanowski
  Source: Sat-ND

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