|Broadcast area||North Rhine-Westphalia, also distributed nationally|
|Picture format|| 1080p HDTV |
(downscaled to 720p HDTV and 16:9 576i for the DTT and SDTV feeds, respectively)
|Launched||17 December 1965|
|Former names||Westdeutsches Fernsehen (1965–1988)|
West 3 (1988–1994)
|Digital terrestrial television||North Rhine-Westphalia:|
|UPC Cablecom (Switzerland)||Mediabox:|
Channel 54 (HD, Mediabox)
Channel 54 (SD, DigiCard)
Channel 94 (HD, DigiCard)
|Ziggo (Netherlands)||Channel 56 (SD)|
|Caiway (Netherlands)||Channel 43 (SD)|
|DELTA (Netherlands)||Channel 452 (SD)|
|Kabel Noord (Netherlands)||Channel 113 (SD)|
|Astra 19.2°E (Europe)||12422 H 27500 3/4 (HD/SD) Bielefeld, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Essen, Köln, Münster & Essen|
12604 H 22000 5/6 (HD/SD) Aachen, Bonn, Duisburg & Wuppertal
11836 H 27500 3/4 (SD) Köln
|Canal Digitaal (Netherlands)||Channel 134 (HD)|
Channel 662 (SD)
|Telekom Entertain (Germany)||Channel 39 (HD)|
|A1 TV (Austria)||Channel 53 (SD) |
Channel 353 (HD)
|KPN (Netherlands)||Channel 48 (HD)|
|T-Mobile (Netherlands)||Channel 393 (SD)|
|Ziggo GO (Netherlands)||ZiggoGO.tv (Europe only)|
|Horizon||Horizon.tv (Switzerland only)|
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In November 2013, the channel faced a graphical rebrand.
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