ARD will stop broadcasting SD via satellite from 2021

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     The ARD will stop broadcasting its community programs in SD quality by satellite in January 2021. From this point on, viewers can only receive the programs in HD quality.
    By switching off, the ARD saves considerable costs. In recent years, more and more households have switched to better HD quality, and the use of SD reception has steadily declined. The decision affects the joint ARD programs Das Erste, tagesschau24, ONE and ARD-alpha.
    For the viewers of public television, the shutdown does not incur any additional fees. If households do not yet have HD-capable televisions or receivers, they may need to purchase the appropriate devices to receive and play back the HD signal. ARD will keep its audience fully informed of the details in the coming weeks and months.

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