|Broadcast area||Germany, also distributed nationally in:|
|Picture format||576i (16:9 SDTV)|
720p (1080p (DVB-T2 only)) (HDTV)
|Launched||5 April 1969|
|Former names||Südwest 3 (1969–1998)|
Südwest Fernsehen (1998–2006)
|SWR Livestream||Watch Live|
SWR Fernsehen is a German regional television channel targeting the states of Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate. It is produced by Südwestrundfunk (SWR) and is one of eight regional "third channels" broadcast by the ARD members.
The channel started on 5 April 1969 as a collaboration between Süddeutscher Rundfunk (SDR), Südwestfunk (SWF) and SR named "Südwest 3". SDR and SWF merged in 1998 to form SWR and the channel was renamed "Südwest Fernsehen". The name "SWR Fernsehen" was adopted in September 2006.
The channel is available in two different versions:
The different versions broadcasts local news updates during the afternoon and a longer block with local broadcasts in the evening. About 70 percent of the programming is common, while 30 percent is broadcast regionally.
They are somewhat infamous for a series of highly graphic PSAs they produced in the 1990s and 2000s, some of which included famously violent scenes from popular movies such as Hellraiser, Pulp Fiction, American Psycho and Goodfellas.