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DW-TV's current logo

DW-TV (pronounced in German as `day-vay-tay-fow) is a set of television channels provided by Deutsche Welle. The channels concentrate on news and information and first started broadcasting 1 April 1992. They are broadcast on satellite and produced in Berlin.

Previous logo, used from mid-2000's until 5 February 2012


DW (TV) began as RIAS-TV, a television station launched by the West Berlin broadcaster RIAS (Radio in the American Sector / Rundfunk im Amerikanischen Sektor) in August 1988. The fall of the Berlin Wall the following year and German reunification in 1990 meant that RIAS-TV was to be closed down. On 1 April 1992 Deutsche Welle inherited the RIAS-TV broadcast facilities, using them to start a German- and English-language television channel broadcast via satellite, DW (TV), adding a short Spanish broadcast segment the following year. In 1995 it began 24-hour operation (12 hours German, 10 hours English, two hours Spanish). At that time DW (TV) introduced a new news studio and a new logo.

In 2001 Deutsche Welle (in conjunction with ARD and ZDF) founded the German TV subscription TV channel for North American viewers. The project was shut down after four years owing to low subscriber numbers. It has since been replaced by the DW-TV channel (also a subscription service).

Unlike most other international broadcasters, DW-TV doesn't charge terrestrial stations for use of its programming, and as a result its News Journal and other programmes are rebroadcast on numerous public broadcasting stations in several countries, including the United States, Australia and New Zealand. In the Philippines it is shown nationwide on Net 25.

In March 2009 DW-TV expanded its television services in Asia with two new channels: DW-TV Asia and DW-TV Asia+. DW-TV Asia (DW-TV Asien in German) contains 16 hours of German programming and 8 hours in English while DW-TV Asia+ contains 18 hours of English programmes plus 6 hours of German programmes.[1]

In August 2009 DW-TV's carriage in the United Kingdom on Sky channel 794 ceased, although the channel continues to be available via other European satellites receivable in the UK.[2]

Deutsche Welle relaunched their television channels on 6 February 2012, using the abbreviation DW for all its services. Deutsche Welle also revamped the television schedules.[3]

Deutsche Welle changed its schedules again on 22 June 2015, with DW in Asia and Oceania and DW (Europe) merged to become a 24-hour English news channel, discontinued English programs in DW (Arabia).[4]


Deutsche Welle symbol 2012.svg
Launched August 1988 (as RIAS-TV)
1 April 1992 (as DW-TV)
6 February 2012 (as DW (Europe))
22 June 2015 (as DW, merge with Asia & Oceania feed)
Closed 1990 (RIAS-TV),
5 February 2012 (as DW-TV)
Owned by DW
Picture format 16:9 (576i, SDTV)
Slogan "Made for minds." (English)
"At the Heart of Europe" (English, until 2012)
"Aus der Mitte Europas" (German, until 2012)
Country Germany
Language German
Broadcast area Europe
Middle East
North Africa
Website www.dw.de
Hot Bird 8 (Europe, Middle East, North Africa)
Atlantic Bird 3 (Africa, Europe, Middle East)
11604 H 27500-5/6
3727 R 29950-7/8
DW Platform
DStv (South Africa)
Channel 228
Channel 446
Naxoo Channel 159 (Sweden)
UPC Poland Channel 814
R Channel 203
Streaming media
Livestation Watch (Free, 502 Kbit/s, German and English on same channel]
DW (Arabia)
Deutsche Welle symbol 2012.svg
Owned by DW
Picture format 16:9 (576i, SDTV)
Country Germany
Language Arabic, German, English
Broadcast area Middle East, North Africa
Website www.dw.de/dw/0,,9106,00.html
Arabsat BADR4 (Middle East, North Africa) 11,996 H 27,500-3/4
Nilesat 102 (Middle East, North Africa) 11,900 V 27,500-3/4
DW (Asien)
Deutsche Welle symbol 2012.svg
Owned by DW
Language German
Broadcast area Asia
Website www.dw.de
AsiaSat 3S (Asia-Pacific) 3760 H 26000-7/8
DishHD (Taiwan) Channel 6655
Dream Satellite TV (Philippines) Channel 37
TVB Network Vision (Hong Kong) Channel 94
HKBN bbTV (Hong Kong) Channel 751
Cablelink (Philippines) Channel 73
SkyCable (Philippines) Channel 132 (Digital)
Destiny Cable (Philippines) Channel 19 (Premium)
Channel 132 (Digital)
StarHub TV (Singapore) Channel 153
Cable TV Hong Kong (Hong Kong) Channel 151
First Media (Indonesia) Channel 255
Mio TV (Singapore) Channel 161
HyppTV (Malaysia) Channel 403
CHT MOD (Taiwan) Channel 214
now TV (Hong Kong) Channel 765
Deutsche Welle symbol 2012.svg
Launched March 2009 (as DW-TV Asia+)
6 February 2012 (as DW)
6 February 2015 (as DW, merge with Europe feed)
Owned by DW
Picture format 16:9 (576i, SDTV)
Country Germany
Language English
Broadcast area Asia
Website www.dw.de/dw/0,,9097,00.html
AsiaSat 3S (Asia-Pacific) 4071 H 14240-3/4
Insat 4B (India) 11490 V 27500-3/4
Agila 2 (Southeast Asia) 12544 V 21429-5/6
Koreasat 5 (Korea & Southeast Asia) 12470 V 25600-5/6
Cignal Digital TV (Philippines) Channel TBA
Royal Cable (Philippines) Channel 56
Parasat Cable TV (Philippines) Channel 251
CHT MOD (Taiwan) Channel 156
DW (Latinoamérica)
Deutsche Welle symbol 2012.svg
Owned by DW
Slogan "Desde el corazón de Europa (until 2012)" (Spanish)
Language Spanish
Broadcast area Americas
Website mediacenter.dw.de/spanish/live/
Intelsat 21 (America) 3840 H 27690-7/8
DirecTV Latin America Channel 770
SKY Mexico (Mexico) Channel 279
Telefónica TV Digital (Chile, Colombia) Channel 438
Cable Mágico Satelital (South America) Channel 438
Inter (Venezuela) Channel 140
VTR (Chile) Channel 352
DW (Amerika)
Deutsche Welle symbol 2012.svg
Owned by DW
Picture format (480p), (SDTV) (16:9 letterbox)
Slogan "At the heart of Europe"
Country US and Canada
Language English
Broadcast area Americas
Website www.dw.de/dw/0,,9097,00.html
AMC 1 (North America) 3740 V 29270-7/8
Intelsat 21 (America) 3840 H 27690-7/8
Bell TV (Canada) Channel 709
DISH Network (USA) Channel 9823
GVT (Brazil) Channel 146
SKY Brasil (Brazil) Channel 110
Vivo TV (Brazil) Channel 450
Claro TV (Brazil) Channel 134
Rogers Cable (Canada) Channel 195
Shaw Cable (Canada) Channel 194
Comcast (USA) Channel 315
(San Francisco Bay Area)
Time Warner (USA) Channel 553
NET (Brazil) Channel 144
TELUS TV (Canada) Channel 2973
FiOS TV (USA) Channel 1787

DW-TV is broadcast via the satellites AsiaSat 3S, Insat, Nilesat 102, Atlantic Bird 3, Hot Bird 13B, AMC-1 and Intelsat 9.

DW-TV is also available on the Internet.

Satellite jamming[edit]

A transponder on Hot Bird 8, used by DW-TV among other stations, was jammed on 7 and 8 December 2009. Eutelsat, the operator of the satellite localised the emitter source in Iran.[5] The same happened between 10 and 13 February 2010.[6]



  • Global 3000 (covers globalization)
  • Made in Germany (German business magazine-style show)

Cars and sports[edit]

  • Bundesliga Kick Off! (soccer)
  • Drive It!
  • Kick off! Report (German version of Bundesliga Kick Off!)
  • Motor Mobil


  • Arts.21 (culture)
  • Kultur.21 (German version of Arts.21)
  • Kino ("The German Film Magazine"/Das Deutsches Film Magazin)
  • Ideas for a Cooler World,[7][8] for climate change mitigation

Documentaries and features[edit]

  • Faith Matters
  • In Focus (documentaries and reports)
  • Im Focus (German version of "In Focus")
  • Germany 60 Years
  • 60 x Deutschland (German version of "Germany 60 Years")

Lifestyle and entertainment[edit]

  • Discover Germany (travel)
  • Hin & Weg (German travel magazine, German version of Discover Germany)
  • Euromaxx (lifestyle)
  • Germany Today
  • Deutschland Heute (German version of "Germany Today")
  • In Good Shape (health, Fit & gesund (de) in German)
  • popXport (German music)
  • Talking Germany
  • Typisch Deutsch (Living in Germany)
  • Shift

News and politics[edit]

Talk show[edit]

  • Quadriga


  • Tomorrow Today
  • Projekt Zukunft


As of 22 June 2015, DW (TV) operates five channels:

  • DW: Broadcast in Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania (24 hours in English[9]).
  • DW (Arabia): Broadcast in the Middle East and North Africa (24 hours in Arabic[10]).
  • DW (Latinoamérica): Broadcast in Latin America (24 hours in Spanish).[9]
  • DW (Amerika): Broadcast in the Americas (20 hours in German, 4 hours in English[11]).
  • DW (Asien): Broadcast in Asia (24 hours in German).[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Two New Dedicated Channels Provide Gateway to Europe: Two DW-TV channel launched in Asia Deutsche Welle.
  2. ^ "No more DW-TV on Sky/Astra". Boards. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  3. ^ DW introduces new website and TV program
  4. ^ "Deutsche Welle's new English TV channel to start June 22". DW. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Iran stört wieder Empfang von Deutsche Welle TV via Sat Digitalfernsehen.de, 11 February 2010, online 15 February 2010
  6. ^ Deutsche Welle: Ausstrahlung wieder vom Iran gestört DW-World.de, 11 February 2010, online 14 February 2010
  7. ^ http://blogs.dw.de/ideasforacoolerworld_en
  8. ^ Global Ideas | DW.DE
  9. ^ a b c "Program Guide". DW. 
  10. ^ DW Arabic programming, "six hours of programming in Arabic".
  11. ^ Programming schedule for DW Amerika

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