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Launched 7 May 2011 (2011-05-07)
Closed 30 September 2016 (2016-09-30)
Owned by ZDF
Picture format 576i
Audience share 0.4% (2015, AGF)
Sister channel(s) ZDF
Website kultur.zdf.de
Astra 1H (19.2°E) 11953.50 H 77 22000 2/3 (DVB-S)
Astra 1KR (19.2°E) 11361.75 H 11 27500 3/4 (HDTV DVB-S2)
Kabel Deutschland
Yes (part of basic digital package)[1]
Streaming media
ZDF.de Watch live
FilmOn Watch live

ZDFkultur was a digital TV channel, run by ZDF. It was launched on 7 May 2011, replacing ZDFtheaterkanal. It mainly broadcast music shows, such as Later... with Jools Holland, pop concerts and series from the ZDF archive, but also movies and plays. On 1 May 2012, a high-definition simulcast of ZDFkultur (ZDFkultur HD) was launched on digital satellite.[2][3] On 22 February 2013, ZDF director Thomas Bellut announced that ZDFkultur would close in the near future, due to cost-saving measures at ZDF.[4][5][6] The channel council agreed Bellut's proposal on 8 March 2013.[7] The programming after the closure announcement consisting mostly of old ZDF archive content from the 1970s and 80s, with an annual budget of around € 2 million. The channel was finally closed down on 30 September 2016.