11 Facts About Arte


Arte is a European public service channel dedicated to culture.

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Arte was initiated as a symbol of Franco-German friendship and had been championed since 1988 by French President Francois Mitterrand and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

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Arte began transmissions in 1992, filling frequencies left unused by the demise of La Cinq, the first French commercial television network.

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For viewers in Germany, 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.

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In October 2020, Arte marked 30 years since the signing of its founding treaty between France and Germany.

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Arte has been broadcast since 2008 in HD in Germany and France.

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In July 2016, the Italian public broadcaster RAI Com signed a partnership agreement with Arte to collaborate on coproductions and programme acquisitions.

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Many French-language Arte programmes are broadcast in Canada on the Ici ARTV cable channel, the majority-owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Arte itself.

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Arte usually has more viewers in France than in Germany.

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Arte Extra provides four “smart playlists” related to different topics such as society, discovery and music which are put together from programmes available on arte.

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Since November 2015 Arte has been making selected programme content – above all documentaries, magazines and live arts – available online with English and Spanish subtitles.

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