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Terrestrial channels received by antenna (Antenne):

Apart from the two national public networks, ARD and ZDF, the majority of channels in Germany are relatively low brow and aimed at an audience who are willing to absorb as much sensationalism as the brain allows. There appears to be a reluctance in Germany to make quality German programmes and intellectual attention is directed towards the Theatre and Arts. It is difficult to determine if one is the result of the other.

Reliable German networks:

The two credible terrestrial German channels offer a good mix of news, documentaries, dramas and European films. They also cover the main sporting events e.g. the Olympics, European Football Championship etc. ARD's Tagesschau is Germany's most accurate and watched news programme. Most other channels don't start their evening's attractions until it ends at 20:15.

CHANNEL WEB ADDRESS FREQUENCY FOR ANTENNA FREQUENCY FOR CABLE HIGHLIGHTS (OR COMMENTS)
ARD www.ard.de 7 10 Tagesschau
ZDF www.zdf.de 33 8 French films

Flashy commercial channels:

Supplying flickering images to the masses are the elite band of commercial channels. The daily format is more or less as follows:- Sensationalist news, talk show, sensationalist news, talk show, quiz show, talk show, badly dubbed sit-com, sensationalist investigative magazine programme, sensationalist news, dubbed American drama (sometimes substituted by a ludicrous German action series), dubbed Hollywood film, (and if you're lucky) a few naked bottoms accompanied by saxophone music. Quality programmes are sometimes inadvertently slipped in the schedule but be prepared for the regular 10 minute long advertisements breaks. If you can stay the course and make it until midnight, you will be treated to an array of badly made phone-sex adverts in the ad-breaks. Only the very desperate could be titillated...surely.

CHANNEL WEB ADDRESS FREQUENCY FOR ANTENNA FREQUENCY FOR CABLE HIGHLIGHTS (OR COMMENTS)
SAT.1 www.sat1.de 25 9 ran - football, Star Trek?
RTL www.rtl.de 56 11 Champions League Football, Top of the Pops, South Park
RTLII www.rtl2.de 47 4 Big Brother, nudity
PRO7 www.pro7.de 44 SK20 The Simpsons, Friends, X Files
VOX www.vox.de 29 SK11 Ally McBeal

Berlin and regional channels:

This motley crew of evidently under-funded channels certainly doesn't add to the value of your television. Although ORB (a reinvention of an old eastern channel) and B1 sometimes show a nice film and some old GDR stuff, they come across as rather dull. They do, nevertheless, both simultaneously broadcast the Tagesschau while it's on ARD. FAB (Fernsehen aus Berlin) and TVB are, however, poor, poor attempts at commercial channels with FAB collecting the wooden spoon for its unbelievable made-in-someone's-bedroom appearance.

CHANNEL WEB ADDRESS FREQUENCY FOR ANTENNA FREQUENCY FOR CABLE HIGHLIGHTS (OR COMMENTS)
B1 www.sfb.de/fernsehen 39 6 Berlin Beat
ORB www.orb.de 27 2 Occasionally shows a classic film
FAB www.fab.de 22 12 The 15 minute long adverts reduce the quality even more
TVB www.tvb.de 5 SK7 Ridiculous Bavarian "erotic" comedy romps

English-speaking superiority:

Head and shoulders above the rest for quality un-biased world news coverage and global current affairs.

CHANNEL WEB ADDRESS FREQUENCY FOR ANTENNA FREQUENCY FOR CABLE HIGHLIGHTS (OR COMMENTS)
BBC World www.bbcworld.com 41 7 Hourly news, Top Gear, Hard Talk

NOTE:

Without a proper wall socket and with only an aerial connected to the back of your set, only a veritable lucky dip of channels is receivable:- ARD, ORB, B1, PRO7, TVB and BBC World. With a wall socket and house aerial, all of the above should be receivable.


Cable Channels:

If that selection doesn't stimulate all your neural receptors then for about 30 a month you can take your pick from up to around twenty other televisual offerings with a cable (Kabel) connection. This is simply done by speaking to your telephone company and the extra change will be added to your bill. Enjoy!

CHANNEL WEB ADDRESS FREQUENCY HIGHLIGHTS (OR COMMENTS)
ARTE www.arte.de SK4 7pm-6am French/German channel which shows an excellent selection of documentaries and films
BAYERN 3 www.br-online.de/bayern3/ SK15 Regional.
3 SAT www.3sat.de SK9 Quite hit and miss. Occasionally shows some good foreign films in original version.
DSF www.sport1.de SK23 Sport, from Gladiators to football.
EUROSPORT www.eurosport.de SK18 Sport. Usually bad.
H.O.T. www.HOT.de SK24 6am-4pm Lifestyle stuff.
KABEL 1 www.kabel1.de SK6 Shows the best films of all time, apparently
KINDERKANAL ARD/ZDF www.kika.de SK4 6am-7pm One for the kiddies.
MDR www.mdr.de 5 6pm-12.30pm Eastern channel
MTV www.mtv.de SK13 Daily force feeding of mainstream chart music. Sometimes has programmes in English.
N 3 www.ndrtv.de SK17 News station but unfortunately affliated with CNN.
N TV www.ntv.de SK5 Weather and stock exchange stuff.
OFFENER KANAL www.ok-bremen.de SK8 From Bremen
PHOENIX www.phoenix.de SK19, SK35 Not interesting (at all).
PREMIERE www.premiereworld.de SK14 Germany's equivalent of Sky 1.
SPREEKANAL/EURONEWS www.spreekanal.de SK10 Turkish news
SUPER RTL www.toggo.de SK25 Super is an overstatement. American cable-style channel (in German).
TD 1 www.td1tv.de 3 Turkish
tm 3 www.tm3.de SK24 4pm-6am Nothing since it lost the Champions League coverage.
TRT INT. www.trt.net SK 19 Turkish (not in all parts of city)
TV 5 Europe www.tv5.org/europe SK21 Bad if you can't speak French. Bad if you can.
TV POLONIA www.tvp.com.pl 5 12:30pm-6pm
VIVA www.viva.de SK22 German attempt at MTV.
WEST 3 www.west3.de SK16 Regional
       
English cable channels:     
CNN www.ntv.de SK12  
NBC www.nbc.com/nbc-europe/ SK6 not in all parts of the city
MTV www.mtv.de SK13 only a handful of English programmes




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