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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% (2013, in France)
0.7% (2011, in Germany)
Channel 57 (HD)
|DVB-T||Germany, wherever DVB-T coverage is present|
|Canalsat||Channel 7 (SD/HD)
Channel 505 (HD)
Channel 705 (SD)
|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|
|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|
|Numericable (Bel., French)||Channel 7|
|Numericable (Bel., Dutch)||Channel 37|
|Numericable (Lux., French)||Channel 15|
|Numericable (Lux., German)||Channel 55|
|Cablecom (Switzerland)||Channel 045 (digital CH-D)|
|HOT (Israel)||Channel 146|
|UPC Netherlands||Channel 318|
|T-Home Entertain||Channel 45|
|Alice TV (Germany)||Channel 15|
|Arcor Digital TV||Channel 14|
|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|
|Canalsat||Channel 7 (SD/HD)
Channel 505 (HD)
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 programs 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 an on-line radio web site, called Arte Radio.
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 January 6, 2001. The channel eventually got its own analogue frequency on the Astra satellites.
Transmission and reception
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.  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 available 24-hour HDTV channel transmitting via satellite to their German and French audience, next to the German Sky pay TV HDTV channel.
Arte is also formally available in Belgium, Austria, Lebanon, Israel, the Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland via cable. While viewers spanning from the UK to Iran take advantage of the ASTRA and HOTBIRD transmissions, Arte's SD channel on HOTBIRD is now encoded in MPEG-4, of which most SD receivers cannot decode the video, although the audio can still be heard. Hence ASTRA has become the primary ARTE source for non-HD viewers in Europe, North Africa and West Asia.
- Abenteuer Arte
- Arte Journal – information program
- Arte Reportage – current affairs program
- Arte Themenabend – special topics show
- Bagdad, le bac sous les bombes / Die Jungs von der Bagdad-High – documentary film
- Breaking Bad – Award winning American drama series.
- Die Nacht/La Nuit – late-night news
- Durch die Nacht mit …
- Geo 360°
- Karambolage – a show about French/German customs
- Le Dessous des cartes – geopolitical documentary
- Tracks – music program
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 www.arte.tv 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 live web: All the performing arts live, exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes and backstage tours, etc.
- Web productions: Interactive web documentaries and web fictions
- 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