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Arte (; Association relative à la télévision européenne, sometimes stylized in lowercase or uppercase in its logo) is a European public service channel that promotes cultural programming.
It is made up of three separate companies: the Strasbourg-based European Economic Interest Grouping ARTE, 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.
80% of ARTE's programming is 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.
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.
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.
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. The channel eventually got its own analogue frequency on the Astra satellites.
ARTE has been broadcasting 24/7 since 2005. In 2007 the catch-up service ARTE+7 was launched and offers internet users free access to a broad range of programs within seven days of their original transmission.
Transmission and reception
ARTE programmes are available with multi-channel audio: all programmes go out in French and in German. In addition, whenever possible the original version is offered with French and German subtitles and the hearing or visually impaired may get subtitles or an audio description. Since 2015 a selection of programmes have been available online including English and Spanish subtitles, with Polish to follow in late 2016.
The channel has a major viewership footprint in Europe. Both the German and the French version can be received in nearly all of Europe via satellite Astra1 (19, 2° East) and the French version is also available via Hot Bird (13° East). ARTE is also relayed not only by all cable networks in Germany and France, but by numerous cable networks in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and also the Netherlands.
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. Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE), a subsidiary of RTL Group and located in Luxembourg, provides most of technical services for ARTE.
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.
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.
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 did not 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.
- 1864 (2015)
- Alexander the Great (2014)
- Apple Tree Yard (Nachdem ich ihm begegnet bin) (2018)
- Borgen (2012-2015)
- Breaking Bad – Award-winning American drama series (2010-2015)
- Capital (Wir sind alle Millionäre) (2017)
- Captain Alatriste (Mit Dolch und Degen) (2015, 2017)
- DCI Banks (2012-2016)
- Den fjärde mannen (Der vierte Mann) (2017)
- Eyewitness (Øyevitne) (2015, 2017)
- Fatale-Station (Unerwünscht) (2017)
- Fortitude (Fortitude - Ein Ort wie kein anderer) (2017)
- Gomorrha (2015, 2017)
- Hatufim (2013-2016)
- Hierro (2019, 2021)
- Hotel Beau Séjour (Zimmer 108) (2017)
- Im Angesicht des Verbrechens (2010-2011, 2013)
- Jekyll (2009-2010)
- Kidnap and Ransom (Der Jäger - Geld oder Leben) (2015)
- Kommissarin Lund (Forbrydelsen) (2010-2012, 2014-2015, 2017)
- Les quatre soeurs (Vier Schwestern) (2018)
- Lilyhammer (2014, 2016)
- Maroni (Die Geister des Flusses) (2018)
- Monroe (Dr. Monroe) (2013-2014)
- National Treasure (Ende einer Legende) (2018)
- Occupied (Okkupert) (2015, 2018)
- Paris (2015)
- Peaky Blinders (Peaky Blinders - Gangs von Birmingham) (2015–present)
- Points de Repères (Im Lauf der Zeit) (2016-2017)
- Rectify (2014-2015)
- River (2018)
- Silex and the City (2012–2017)
- Suburban Shootout (Suburban Shootout - Die Waffen der Frauen) (2010)
- The Code (Der Code) (2015, 2017)
- The Hour (2013)
- The Slap (2011) (The Slap - Nur eine Ohrfeige) (2013, 2015)
- The Spiral (2012, 2017)
- Transferts (Im fremden Körper) (2017)
- Virage Nord (Nordkurve) (2014-2015)
- Wolf Hall (Wölfe) (2016-2017)
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.
- 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.
- 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 and since October 2018 in Italian. The free offer is a project that ARTE is running with financial support from the European Union.
Arte's second and current logo since January 2, 1995.
Alternate version of the 1995 logo, used from January 3, 2004 until February 27, 2011.
Orange version of the 1995 logo, used from February 28, 2011 until March 24, 2017.
HD logo, used since June 10, 2010.
90° rotated version of the 1995 logo, used since March 25, 2017.