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Arte logo.svg
Launched 30 May, 1992
Owned by ARTE France & ARTE Deutschland
Audience share 1.6% (October 2009, [1])
Country  France
Language French and German
Broadcast area National; also distributed in  European Union
Replaced La Cinq (Launched 1986, Closed April 12, 1992)
La Sept (Launched 1989, Closed 1992)
SECAM Normally tuned to 5 (19:00 to 03:00)
PAL not available
TNT Channel 7
DVB-T Germany, wherever DVB-T coverage is present
CanalSat Channel 7
TNTSAT Channel 7
Orange TV Channel 7
Bis Télévisions Channel 7
TV Vlaanderen Digitaal Channel 88 (French), Channel 139 (German)
SKY Italia Channel 544
AB3 (5°W) 11590.00 V (DVB) 12606.00 V (SECAM, evenings)
Astra 1KR (19.2°E) 10744H 22000 5/6
Hotbird 11623.00 V
Unitymedia Channel 280
Kabel Deutschland Channel 110
Kabel BW S2 (113 MHz)
Numericable (France) Channel 7
MC Cable Channel 7
UPC Austria Channel 129
UPC Tirol Channel 060
Naxoo Channel 9
Numericable (Bel., French) Channel 7
Numericable (Bel., Dutch) Channel 37
Numericable (Lux., French) Channel 15
Numericable (Lux., German) Channel 55
Ziggo Channel 610
Cablecom (Switzerland) Channel 045 (digital CH-D)
T-Home Entertain Channel 45
Alice TV (Germany) Channel 15
Arcor Digital TV Channel 14
DartyBox Channel 7
Neuf Box TV Channel 7
Freebox TV Channel 7
Orange TV Channel 7
Alice TV (France) Channel 7
Bbox TV Channel 7
Belgacom TV (Wallonia and Brussels) Channel 13
Belgacom TV (Flanders) Channel 60
KPN Channel 49
The Arte building in Strasbourg

Arte (Association Relative à la Télévision Européenne) is a Franco-German TV network. It describes itself as a European culture channel and aims to promote quality programming especially in areas of culture and the arts. Its facilities are located in Issy-les-Moulineaux near Paris, France, Strasbourg, France (headquarters) and Baden-Baden in Germany.

Because it is an international joint venture (an EEIG), programs cater technically to audiences from both countries. This implies double-titling, opposite-language subtitling and dubbing, hosts speaking both languages alternately and generally two separate audio tracks (available through DVB-T, satellite television and digital cable).

Arte began transmission in 1992, under socialist rule, filling frequencies left unused by the demise of La Cinq, the first French commercial television network (created in 1986). Arte has survived the 1993 transition to a right-wing government in spite of some fears, and quite a number of later changes, too.

Programs are created by Arte France formerly known as La Sept (theoretically La Société d'édition des programmes de télévision, but also a word play, given that the name intuitively means the seventh network and indeed La Sept existed while the fifth network was still La Cinq; it made satellite television programs at the time) and by ARTE Deutschland GmbH, a subsidiary of the two main public German TV networks ARD and ZDF.

In France, in digital broadcast programming is available permanently (on digital cable, digital satellite and digital terrestrial television), but in analog broadcast, over the air only in the evening, as France 5 operates the frequencies during the day.

Arte is more popular in France (market share of about 5%) than in Germany (about 1%), but in Germany it has much more competition.

Arte is also available in Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands and Switzerland via cable.

Arte has also an on-line radio web site, called Arte Radio.

The Australian Special Broadcasting Service translates many Arte programs into English for broadcast on its own television network and overseas.

Many French-language Arte programs are also broadcast in Canada on the ARTV cable channel, partly owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (60%), Télé-Québec (25%) and Arte itself (15%).

On 1 July 2008, ARTE began broadcasting in HDTV (720p/50) via DVB-S2 on Astra. ARTE is now the second available 24-hour HDTV channel transmitting via satellite to their German and French audience, next to the German Premiere pay TV HDTV channel.



  • Abenteuer Arte
  • Arte Europa
  • Arte Info - information program
  • Arte Kultur - cultural program
  • Arte Reportage - current affairs program
  • Arte Themenabend - special topics show
  • CHIC (arte) - fashion and style program
  • Das Forum der Europäer - political discussion about Europe
  • Denken erlaubt
  • Die großen Sportduelle - a show about the greatest sports duels
  • Die Nacht/La Nuit - late-night news
  • Durch die Nacht mit...
  • Geo 360
  • Hippokrates
  • Karambolage - a show about French/German customs
  • Kurzschluss
  • LOLA - women magazine
  • Metropolis (arte)
  • Mit offenen Karten/Le Dessous des Cartes - geopolitical documentary
  • Maestro (arte)
  • Memoquiz - recognition game shows
  • Top of the Pops 70s - archive music show (a French and German equivalent of TOTP2)
  • Tracks - music program
  • WunderWelten
  • Zapping International - a documentary about television around the world
  • Breaking Bad - an American TV show - coming soon

See also


  1. ^ (French)

External links

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