German satellite tv covers all your familiar favourite channels, many are now in HD. All these are free, without a subscription. ARD and ZDF broadcast all their usual channels, as do the commercial RTL. They did update things recently, so if you already have German satellite system but have lost some channels, you may need a new HD receiver and rescan your tuning.
In addition, you can now add a subscription service called HD plus ( HD+). A card for 6 months costing around £100 will give ALL the HD channels. The receiver must be ci+ compatible.
FreeNet pay-tv system became available in Germany in 2018 but failed to get its expected viewer numbers and closed at the end of 2020. FreeNet a strange name for a subscription service . It was similar to HD+ and offered more HD versions of existing channels
German TV has retained the 7 day EPG ( Electronic Programme Guide ) system, I offer many choices of receiver, both single tuner and twin tuner with recording disc, for use with German tv all having the 7 day Guide available.
Below are the Channels available grouped Main ( I can offer these with or without Chat lines and Shopping Channels), German Children’s Channels, Austrian and Swiss Channels
Receivers for German tv
Want the latest 4k receiver AND the full 7 day Programme Guide both? ( UK guide is not available any other way ) The twin tuner Vu+ UNO is the ultimate receiver for German + UK channels together
Dishes for German tv
Single lnb coated steel dish from Triax or Technomate, with tm1 or similar good lnb, with low noise and high gain. This combination gives good signal strength in most uk areas.
For UK Freesat and German Channels OR German Plus Swiss SRG SSR channels, a 64cm or 78cm dish with 2 lnbs together with the Above receivers from Technisat or Amiko. Can have recording Hard drive recorder.
If you want to combine German Swiss or Austrian channels with channels from other satellites you can choose a motorised dish or a multi satellite dish
If you would like all the possible HD channels from Germany, you can buy the HD+ module & Card, which gives you:
RTL HD, Sat 1 HD, ProSieben HD,
VOX HD, Kabel Eins HD, RTL 2 HD,
Sport 1 HD, Nickelodeon HD,
Comedy Central HD, SIXX HD and N24 HD in addition to all the German channels listed above.
You will need the Technisat S6 HD or Technisat Digiplus 4k UHD receiver.
It has been announced that the Freenet service is to close on satellite and continue only on terrestrial transmission.
Don’t worry unduly as all your Freenet subscription channels are available on satellite free to air, just for the moment not in HD. Over the coming 12 months most will be upgraded to HD anyway.
Channels on German TV
- RBB – Berlin / Brandenburg
- NDR – Hamburg / Schleswig-Holstein / Niedersachsen
- WDR – Nordrhein-Westfalen
- MDR – Sachsen / Sachsen-Anhalt / Thüringen
- SWR – Baden- Württemberg
- Super RTL
- Sat Eins
- Pro Sieben
- Kabel 1
- Das Vierte
- Tele 5
- Kika (Kinderkanal)
- 3 Sat