ZDF to dial up doc-news net

German b'caster starting third digital channel

BERLIN — German national pubcaster ZDF will be expanding its digital operations next month when it introduces its documentary and newsmag channel ZDF.doku.

It’s the third exclusively digital offering from the pubcaster, which already broadcasts service channel ZDF.info and the culture-oriented Theater channel as part of its digital ZDF.Vision bouquet.

With ZDF’s wide-ranging stockpile of doc and news feature programming, ZDF.doku — like Theater — will be a cheap outlet for old material that can be dusted off and repackaged. ZDF.doku will run daily from 2 p.m. to 9 a.m.

D-box delivery

ZDF.Vision is available via the D-box, a standard gateway to broadband cable approved by cable operator Deutsche Telekom, or over satellite set-top boxes.

ZDF.Vision also offers digitized versions of other pubcasters including German-French culture channel Arte, German-Austrian-Swiss channel 3Sat, tyke-oriented Kinderkanal, Eurosport, EuroNews, news channel Phoenix and some programming from Austrian pubcaster ORF in addition to all of the German public radio broadcasters with DAB (digital audio broadcasting) pilot programs.

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