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Launched 30 May 1992
Owned by Groupe Arte
Picture format 576i50 (SDTV)
720p50 (HDTV) (Germany)
1080i50 (HDTV) (France)
Audience share 2% (2014, in France)
1% (2014, in Germany[1])
Country France
Language French
Broadcast area France
South Tyrol (Italy)
Replaced La Cinq
La Sept
TNT Channel 7
Channel 57 (HD)
DVB-T Germany, wherever DVB-T coverage is present
Canalsat Channel 7 (SD/HD)
Channel 505 (HD)
Channel 705 (SD)
TNTSAT Channel 7
Orange TV Channel 7
Bis Télévisions Channel 7
CanalDigitaal Channel 26 (German, HD)
Channel 122 (German, SD)
Channel 196 (French, SD)
TV Vlaanderen Digitaal Channel 88 (French)
Channel 139 (German)
SKY Italia Channel 544
AB3 (5°W) 11590.00 V (DVB)
Astra 1KR (19.2°E) 10744H 22000 5/6
Hot Bird 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 (Netherlands) Channel 72
Cablecom (Switzerland) Channel 045 (digital CH-D)
HOT (Israel) Channel 146
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
Canalsat Channel 7 (SD/HD)
Channel 505 (HD)
Streaming media
FilmOn Watch live (French)

Arte (Association relative à la télévision européenne) is a Franco-German TV network, a European channel, that promotes programming in the areas of culture and the arts. It is made up of three separate companies: the Strasbourg-based European Economic Interest Grouping, Arte GEIE, plus two member companies acting as editorial and programme production centres, Arte France in Paris (France) and Arte Deutschland in Baden-Baden (Germany). As an international joint venture (an EEIG), its programmes cater technically to audiences from both France and Germany. This implies double-titling, opposite-language subtitling, dubbing, hosts who speak both languages alternately, and two separate audio tracks (through DVB-T, satellite television and digital cable).

Three-quarters of ARTE's programming are provided in equal proportion by the two member companies Arte France and Arte Deutschland while the remainder is being provided by Arte GEIE and the channel's European partners.

Arte France was formerly known as La Sept (La Société d'édition des programmes de télévision, but also a play on words, given that the name means the seventh (network) and 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.

Arte has also a radio web site, called Arte Radio.


  • History 1
  • Transmission and reception 2
    • International 2.1
  • Programming 3
  • 4
  • Logos 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The Arte building in Strasbourg

Arte began transmission in 1992, filling frequencies left unused by the demise of La Cinq, the first French commercial television network (created in 1986).

Arte started out as an evening-only service. In the daytime, the frequencies were shared with other channels. A public channel called Télé emploi occupied the French frequencies for about a month during 1994, before the start of La Cinquième (now France 5) in December that year. For German viewers, Arte was assigned a frequency on the Astra 1D satellite in late 1994, and it was eventually shared with Nickelodeon Germany, later replaced by the new public children's channel Kinderkanal.

In 1996, it started offering an afternoon schedule with reruns for viewers on digital satellite and digital cable. A "proper" afternoon schedule with programmes between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. was introduced on 6 January 2001.[2] The channel eventually got its own analogue frequency on the Astra satellites.

Transmission and reception

In France, in digital broadcast programming is available permanently on digital cable, digital satellite and digital terrestrial television.

Arte usually has more viewers in France than in Germany. Around 2002, its share of overall viewing was about 3–4% in France and about 1% in Germany. In France, Arte was available to almost everyone as one of six analogue terrestrial channels. Relatively few French households received cable and satellite television, and the other terrestrial channels didn't really compete with Arte. Meanwhile, thanks to widespread roll-out of cable television, the vast majority of German households had access to about three dozen channels, including several from the public broadcasters with content similar to Arte.[3] After the introduction of digital terrestrial television in France, Arte's market share has fallen there, while it has been more or less flat in Germany.

On 1 July 2008, the German version of Arte began broadcasting in HDTV via DVB-S2 on Astra. Arte is now the second 24-hour HDTV channel transmitting via satellite to their German and French audience, next to the German Sky pay TV HDTV channel.

Like the national channels of its own respective countries, the German HDTV version of Arte broadcasts in 720p50, while the French one broadcasts in 1080i25.


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 Ici ARTV cable channel, partly owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (85%) and Arte itself (15%).


ARTE offers programmes on all sorts of screens that are free and without advertising. The new media formats complement the on-air programming.

  • ARTE live: Programmes can be live streamed on as well as on smartphones and tablets using the ARTE application
  • ARTE+7: With the catch-up service, viewers can see programmes free of charge within seven days after first broadcast on the channel.
  • ARTE Future: Platform that joins viewers and online users with experts and takes a closer look at tomorrow's world. Documentaries and fictions fuel the debate on social problems covering ecology, the economy and technology.
  • ARTE Creative: Network, Magazine and laboratory for contemporary culture and creativity in all its forms.
  • ARTE Concert (formerly Arte Live Web): All the performing arts live, exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes and backstage tours, etc.
  • Web productions: Interactive web documentaries and web fictions


See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ A R T E M a g a z i n e, 6 January 2001
  3. ^ Zehn Jahre arte, Jobst Plog, Die politische Meinung Nr. 390 · Mai 2002

External links

  • ARTE Website (French) (German) features a free VoD service for parts of the arte made TV-programs restricted by IP-address.
  • ARTE Radio
  • ARTE's non free VoD service

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