In most European
hotels, your room will have a television programmed with satellite or cable channels
from neighbouring countries.
Here's some of the programmes you'll find.
The three country German station based in Mainz targets viewers in Germany, Austria and
The German channel out of Munich also known as Das Erste, or Erstes Deutsches Fernsehen.
Programmes include Verbotene Liebe, Marienhof, Herzblatt, Tagesschau, Sportschau, Tatort,
Morgenmagazin and Lottozahlen.
French and German channel out of Strasbourg with good documentaries.
Bavarian Broadcasting, stationed in Munich.
Great British entertainment 24 hours a day. Viewers can watch a diverse mix of the very
best from the BBC - from award-winning comedy and drama to ground-breaking documentaries
and BBC Learning.
The BBC's commercially funded international 24-hour news and information channel,
broadcasting to 270 million homes in more than 200 countries and territories, from its
base at BBC Television Centre in London.
French channel for premium sports and films.
German sports channel with occassional live football matches from England.
Europe's news channel covering world news from an European perspective, in a choice of
seven languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Pan-European sports channel reaching over 100 million households in 54 countries. Created
in 1989, Eurosport is 100 percent owned by France's TF1.
French television channel with some sports coverage on a Saturday, especially rugby.
French channel with a more regional look in their news coverage. Also covers French
football matches and cycling.
German channel with a lot of good films and documentaries. Also shows Cheers and Seinfeld
in the early hours (during the week).
Der Kinderkanal (children's channel) is based in Erfurt, Germany.
One of the French commercial television networks, funded solely by advertising revenues.
M6 is ranked second in French media sites and the most popular with those aged under 35.
The Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk is based in Leipzig with regional studios in Dresden, Erfurt
Norddeutscher Rundfunk (North German Broadcasting) based in Hamburg.
German news channel owned by the RTL Group.
The Austrian Broadcasting Corporation offer two channels, ORF1 and ORF2 broadcasting news
from Austria. The lack of interrupting advertising makes ORF a great channel for films,
live football and Grand Prix racing.
With the motto 'We love to entertain you', ProSieben is Germany's second largest privately
owned television company.
Radio Audizioni Italiane is an Italian public service broadcaster operating three
terrestrial television channels. Rai Uno is the main channel and targets the family
market, while Rai Due tries to focus on a slightly younger audience.
Originally broadcasting out of Luxembourg, RTL is now located in Cologne. As Germany's
biggest commercial private television company, RTL also offers Formula 1 with Niki Lauda.
Once infamous for its soft-porn, RTL II has tried to move towards quality programming with
science magazines and documentaries. The films they show have lots of commercial breaks
and sex phone number ads later at night.
Based in Ticino, Radiotelevisione Svizzera di Lingua Italiana has two television channels
(TSI 1 and TSI 2) for Italian speakers in Switzerland.
Radiotelevisi�n Espa�ola is the Spanish public broadcasting corporation.
Sat.1 was the first privately owned television broadcasting station, starting one day
before RTL Television.
Schweizer Fernsehen DRS (SF) started in 1958 as TV DRS. There are now two main channels,
SF1 and SF2. Based in Zurich.
Film, lifestyle and entertainment for viewers in the German part of Switzerland.
First aired in 1995, Super RTL is a German television channel catering to children. Based
The S�dwestrundfunk (Southwest Broadcasting) is a public broadcasting company for the
southwest of Germany; specifically the states of Baden-W�rttemberg and
Television Suisse Romand, with two channels, serves Switzerland's French-speaking
The fourth largest global television network available around the world after MTV, CNN and
BBC World. Most of the content is taken from mainstream networks in the French-speaking
The leading French generalist television channel.
German channel showing many BBC documentaries and American films.
The Westdeutscher Rundfunk is a public broadcaster, in the German Bundesland of North
Rhine-Westphalia, with its main office in Cologne.
Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (Second German Television) is a public service German-language
television channel based in Mainz.
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