NDR Fernsehen is a German free-to-air regional television channel targeting northern Germany, specifically the states of Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Hamburg and Bremen. It is broadcast by both Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) and Radio Bremen, although NDR provides most of the output as they are bigger than Radio Bremen. It is one of seven regional "third programmes" offered by the ARD members.

NDR Fernsehen
Logo NDR Fernsehen 2017.svg
Launched4 January 1965; 55 years ago (1965-01-04)
Owned byNorddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR)
Radio Bremen (RB)
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
720p (1080p (DVB-T2 only))
Audience share2.4% (Germany) (April 2017 (2017-04), AGF)
SloganDas beste am Norden
Broadcast areaBremen, Hamburg, Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern & Schleswig-Holstein, also distributed nationally
HeadquartersHamburg, Germany
Formerly calledNorddeutsches Fernsehen
Nord 3
Digital terrestrial televisionChannel 3 (Bremen, Hamburg, Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern & Schleswig-Holstein)
Astra 19.2°E (Europe)11582 H 22000 2/3 (HD)
12110 H 27500 3/4 (SD)
Canal Digitaal (Netherlands)Channel 133 (HD)
Channel 661 (SD)
Unitymedia (Deutsch)NDR Niedersachsen HD auf Channel 37 (HD)
UPC Cablecom (Switzerland)Channel 56 (HD, Mediabox)
Channel 56 (SD, DigiCard)
Channel 95 (HD, DigiCard)
Ziggo (Netherlands)Channel 57 (SD)
YouSee (Denmark)Channel 93 (HD)
Caiway (Netherlands)Channel 140 (SD)
DELTA (Netherlands)Channel 453 (SD)
Kabel Noord (Netherlands)Channel 112 (SD)
Telekom EntertainChannel 29 (HD)
A1 TV (Austria)Channel 52 (SD)
Channel 352 (HD)
KPN (Netherlands)Channel 120 (HD)
T-Mobile (Netherlands)Channel 394 (SD)
Streaming media
NDR.deWatch live
Ziggo GO (Netherlands)ZiggoGO.tv (Europe only)

It started broadcasting on 4 January 1965 as the common channel of NDR, Radio Bremen and Sender Freies Berlin (SFB). It eventually adopted the name "Nord 3", later "N3". In 1992, the stations broadcast area changed as Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was added to NDR after the German reunification and SFB left the N3 cooperation in October to start its own channel, B1 (now rbb Fernsehen). The name "NDR Fernsehen" was adopted in 2001.

The channel is available in five different feeds for the broadcast of local programmes in the early evening. Four of the areas are branded "NDR Fernsehen", while in the Bremen area, only NDR NDS is available.

The NDR-branded areas generally broadcast a shorter news bulletin at 18:00 and a half-hour bulletin at 19:30. As many of the other third channels, NDR Fernsehen simulcasts the main 20:00 edition of Tagesschau.

The channel was initially only available terrestrially in its designated area, but since it became available on satellite and cable television it is available nationally. Many Danish and Dutch cable networks also relay the signal.

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