Programmes for everyone in Europe

Quality and creativity

ARTE provides programmes for everyone, including 85% European productions.

As the European Culture Channel, ARTE provides cultural programming that fosters understanding among Europeans and brings people together. Since its creation in 1991, ARTE stands for cultural diversity and multilingualism. ARTE uncovers new talent, encourages artistic creativity, and preserves and promotes Europe’s cultural heritage. ARTE supports talented film-makers as a co-producer and shows ambitious new creations, daring drama and series. On offer are also bold documentaries, no infotainment but daily news of vital interest to Europeans. Not to forget the live music and performances and avant-garde magazines.


ARTE in 6 languages

in French, German, English, Spanish, Polish and Italian

ARTE offers high-quality programmes to 70% Europeans in their own language. ARTE programmes are broadcast in French and German 24 hours a day in HD quality on all screens.

For 400 hours a year magazines, documentaries and shows are subtitled in English, Spanish, Polish and in Italian. This is a unique experience cofinanced by the European Union since 2015 "to foster EU integration through culture by providing new subtitled versions of selected TV programmes across Europe".

Italy: Amatrice After the Quake


In August 24, 2016, an earthquake in Italy killed 300 people and wiped a village off of the map. Hundreds of thousands of tons of debris still litter the Amatrice region in central Italy, one year after a devastating earthquake. Many survivors are still waiting to be rehomed, living in emergency housing. Less than 500 homes have been given, when 3800 more are needed.



ARTE on all screens

also in English

Enjoy ARTE "à la carte" with the App for most smart TV and mobiles devices. ARTE goes beyond the traditional on-air linear delivery model to reach out to new audiences.

On air or à la carte

all over Europe and beyond

A map to find out your satellite, cable, DSL operator and how to use the App for smart TV and mobile devices


ARTE online on, smart TV, tablet and mobile phones App

Which flagship programmes are available in other languages? How and where to watch ARTE in English? Why do videos sometimes trip?

Our new online offering



Feature films, dramas and series

430 great films per year, 75% TV drama coproduced by ARTE

Films, dramas and series

For film buffs and everyone else

ARTE supports talented film-makers as a co-producer and shows ambitious new creations, inventive shorts, and a variety of dramas, crime stories, historical dramas, and series. For viewers who prefer films in original version, ARTE screens them whenever possible.



Culture and Pop Culture

1000 hours of live broadcasts, performing arts, documentaries, culture magazine shows

On air

in French and German, 24 hours a day


Whether it’s photography, the circus, painting, philosophy or fashion

ARTE takes the viewer to the world’s greatest opera houses and theatres, presents artists and artwork from every genre. Vibrant documentary films present committed international artists and cultural magazine programmes explore and document all the latest developments in the world art scene.



Sciences, discovery, history

40% of all programmes are documentaries

Sciences, discovery, history

ARTE takes you away on voyages of discovery. To faraway places, new horizons - ARTE documentaries invite viewers to voyage through space and time, opening glimpses of the world and its people, its natural spectacles, historical myths and the secrets of science.

On air

in French and German, 24 hours a day




Investigate your world

On air

in French and German, 24 hours a day


Investigating stories worldwide

ARTE continues to dig when others have long since given up. Its many news magazine programmes and reports take a critical look at global events and issues, especially from a European perspective.



Programme Schedule

Each ARTE evening has its flavour

ARTE programmes are broadcast 24 hours a day.

On-air, each ARTE evening has its flavour, be it cinema on Mondays, investigative reports on Tuesdays, creativity on Wednesdays, series on Thursdays, drama on Fridays, contemporary culture on Saturdays and to round off the week, in-depth topical documentaries for all the family on Sundays.

On day-time there is a mix of cultural and discovery programmes, as well as two daily news programmes.


Programme schedule

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Evenings dedicated to feature films, investigation, documentaries, dramas and series

Editorial guidelines

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Books and Videos

in French and German

ARTE offers videos and books in French and German building up on the on-air programmes about art, history, society, literature, cinema, philosophy, and environment.

ARTE Editions' editorial policy has built a reputation as one of the key players in the video production market, with complex and historic milestones such as the complete cinema of Pierre Etaix (mostly unavailable for 20 years) or a box set featuring Charlie Chaplin’s first 35 films. There are also around 100 books available, including top-sellers like Le Dessous des Cartes (If Maps could Talk) from Jean-Christophe Victor’s programme, Marie-Monique Robin’s The World according to Monsanto, and the graphic novel Waltz with Bashir, inspired by Ari Folman’s first animated documentary feature.



ARTE Radio

Reports, documentaries, series or news… Hundreds of original audio creations for your personal listening pleasure.


ARTE Radio is a free on-demand, Internet radio service. You can either listen online to our program or download hundreds of reports, radio dramas, documentaries, audio creations and series. All our programmes are original, and are produced especially by and for ARTE Radio. The programmes are broadcasted under a Creative Commons licence, for either online-listening, for downloading in Ogg Vorbis or MP3 format, or for podcasting and listening to on iPod.

Although most programs are in French, many of our sound creations do not contain words and are therefore universal. A whole range of ARTE Radio productions are accessible to listeners who do not understand French: some of them are in English; others are in German; and for many others, language is not an issue at all, as everything is conveyed by noise, music and atmosphere - in short, by sound.