ARTE (Association relative à la télévision européenne) is a Franco-German free-to-air television network that promotes cultural programming. 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 focuses to audiences in both countries. Due to this, the channel features two audio tracks and two subtitle tracks, each in French and German.

Launched30 May 1992 (1992-05-30)
Owned byARTE France
ARTE Deutschland TV GmbH
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Broadcast areaEurope
HeadquartersStrasbourg, France
ReplacedLa Cinq
La Sept
Digital terrestrial television
Channel 7 (SD)
Channel 57 (HD)
Digital terrestrial television
Varies by location
Digital terrestrial television
Varies by city
Astra 19.2°E (Europe)11494 H 22000 2/3 (HD) German
10744 H 22000 5/6 (SD) German
Hot Bird 13°E (Europe, Middle East & North Africa)11681 H 27500 3/4 (HD) French
AB3 (5°W) (Europe)11590 V 29500 8/9 (HD) French
Canalsat (France)Channel 7 (SD/HD)
Channel 505 (HD)
Channel 705 (SD)
TNTSAT (France)Channel 7
Orange TV (France)Channel 7
Bis Télévisions (France)Channel 7
Canal Digitaal (Netherlands)Channel 128 (HD) German
Channel 556 (HD) French
TV Vlaanderen (Belgium)Channel 88 (French)
Channel 139 (German)
Tivù Sat (Italy)Channel 48
Kabel Deutschland (Germany)Channel 110 (SD)
Channel 120 (HD)
Unitymedia (Germany)Channel 110 (SD)
Channel 10 (HD)
Kabel BW (Germany)S2 (113 MHz
Numericable (France & Belgium)France:
Channel 7
Channel 7 (French)
Channel 37 (Dutch)
Channel 15 (French)
Channel 55 (German)
MC CableChannel 7
UPC AustriaChannel 129
UPC TirolChannel 060
NaxooChannel 9
Ziggo (Netherlands)Channel 72 (SD) German
TV Française Ziggo App Channel 2 (HD) French
Cablecom (Switzerland)Channel 45
Hot (Israel)Channel 146
Caiway (Netherlands)Channel 40 (HD) German
DELTA (Netherlands)Channel 362 (SD) German
Kabel Noord (Netherlands)Channel 272 (HD) German
Telekom Entertain (Germany)Channel 55 (SD/HD)
Alice TV (Germany)Channel 15
Arcor Digital TVChannel 14
DartyBoxChannel 7
Neuf Box TVChannel 7
Freebox TVChannel 7
Orange TVChannel 7
Alice TV (France)Channel 7
Bbox TVChannel 7
Belgacom TV (Wallonia & Brussels)Channel 13
Belgacom TV (Flanders)Channel 60
KPN (Netherlands)Channel 49 (SD) German
CanalsatChannel 7 (SD/HD)
Channel 505 (HD)
DU (UAE)Channel 810
A1 TV (Austria)Channel 24 (SD)
T-Mobile (Netherlands)Channel 376 (SD) German
Streaming media
Ziggo GO (Netherlands) (Europe only)

80% of ARTE's programming are provided by its French and German subsidiaries, each making half of the programmes available, while the remainder is being provided by the European subsidiary and the channel's European partners.[1]

ARTE France was formerly known as La Sept. ARTE Deutschland TV GmbH is a subsidiary of the two main public German TV networks ARD and ZDF.

Selected programmes are available with English, Spanish, Polish and Italian subtitles online.[2][3][4]


ARTE began transmission in 1992, filling frequencies left unused by the demise of La Cinq, the first French commercial television network (created in 1986). The opening night on 30 May 1992 was broadcast live from the Strasbourg Opera House.[5]

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.[6] The channel eventually got its own analogue frequency on the Astra satellites.

Since 2005 ARTE broadcasts 24/7. In 2007 the catch-up service ARTE+7 is launched, offering internet users free access to a broad range of programs within seven days of their original transmission.[7]

Transmission and reception

ARTE programmes are available with multi-channel audio: all programmes go out in French and in German. Further the original version is screened whenever possible with subtitles in French and German and the hearing or visually impaired may get subtitles or an audio description. Since 2015 a selection of programmes are available with English and Spanish subtitles online, with Polish to follow in late 2016.[8]

The channel enjoys a major footprint in Europe. Both the German and the French version can be received in nearly whole Europe via the satellite Astra1 (19, 2° East), the French version is also available via Hot Bird (13° East). In addition ARTE is relayed not only by all cable networks in Germany and France, but by numerous cable networks in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and in the Netherlands too.

Since 2008 ARTE broadcasts in HD in Germany and in France. Like the national channels of its own respective countries, the German HDTVversion of ARTE broadcasts in 720p50, while the French one broadcasts in 1080i25. In April 2016 ARTE co-produced (with Astra satellite owner, SES) a live Ultra-high-definition television broadcast of the Le Corsaire ballet from the Vienna State Opera. The programme was transmitted free-to-air on the UHD1 demonstration channel from the Astra 19.2°E satellites.[9]

Online ARTE programmes can be streamed live or watched on catch-up TV for at least 7 and up to 700 days on ARTE+7 and the theme platforms ARTE Concert, Creative, Info, Future or Cinema.


In Africa, ARTE is broadcast via satellite, cable, MMDS and ADSL in many other countries, via the digital service CanalSat Horizons. 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%). The Australian Special Broadcasting Service translates many ARTE programs into English for broadcast on its own television network and overseas.

Market Share

ARTE usually has more viewers in France than in Germany. In 2015, its share of overall viewing was about 2.2 % in France and about 1% in Germany. The differences can be put down to the different television markets in both countries. In France, ARTE was for a long time 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.[10] 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.




Since May 2017, the whole of ARTE’s digital offering (former known as "Arte galaxy" with several platforms) has been located on a single website. Programmes can be live streamed on the website as well as on smartphones and tablets using the ARTE application. Programmes can be viewed online before their broadcast on the channel and for a period of at least seven days afterwards (formerly known as catch-up service ARTE+7), as the case may be.

  • ARTE Future: Platform with documentaries and fictions on environmental, technological and economic issues. Since May 2017, the platform’s offering has appeared under the “Sciences” tab on the channel’s website.[11]
  • ARTE Creative: Network, Magazine and laboratory for contemporary culture and creativity in all its forms. In May 2017, the ARTE Creative platform became the Creative label.[12]
  • ARTE Concert (formerly Arte Live Web): All the performing arts live, exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes and backstage tours, etc.
  • Culture Touch : especially developed for tablets, the magazine gives a weekly overview of the latest cultural events in Europe, it presents the best of ARTE's programme in short videos, articles, photos and exclusive interviews. The Culture Touch application was discontinued in February 2017.
  • ARTE has also a radio web site, called Arte Radio.

ARTE in English / en español / po polsku / in italiano

Since November 2015 ARTE offers selected programmes online with subtitles in English and Spanish, since November 2016 in Polish[13] and since October 2018 in Italian.[14] The free offer is a project that ARTE is running with financial support from the European Union.[2]


See also


  1. "How is ARTE funded? - ARTE Entreprise". Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  2. Pressemitteilung: Der europäische Kultursender Arte jetzt auch auf Englisch und Spanisch Archived 16 February 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  3. "Avec le polonais, ARTE désormais en cinq langues - Services". Services (in French). Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  4. ARTE. "What we do". ARTE Entreprise. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  5. "The founding of ARTE". Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  6. A R T E M a g a z i n e, 6 January 2001
  7. "Broadcasting Archives - ARTE Entreprise". ARTE Entreprise. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  8. Zeitung, Münstersche. "Arte setzt auf Themenabende". Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  9. SES and ARTE to Broadcast Le Corsaire Ballet Live in Ultra HD via Astra 19.2 Business Wire. 29 March 2016. Accessed 27 April 2016
  10. Zehn Jahre arte
  11. "ARTE lance une nouvelle offre numérique unifiée et simplifiée | Pressroom Arte". Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  12. "ARTE lance une nouvelle offre numérique unifiée et simplifiée | Pressroom Arte". Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  13. "ARTE wird multilingual". Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  14. "ARTE Presse" (in German). Retrieved 15 May 2019.

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