DW-TV (German pronunciation: [ˈdeːveːteːˈfaʊ̯]) is a set of television channels provided by Deutsche Welle. The channels concentrate on news and information and first started broadcasting 1 April 1992. They are broadcast on satellite and produced in Berlin.


DW (TV) began as RIAS-TV, a television station launched by the West Berlin broadcaster RIAS (Radio in the American Sector / Rundfunk im Amerikanischen Sektor) in August 1988. The fall of the Berlin Wall the following year and German reunification in 1990 meant that RIAS-TV was to be closed down. On 1 April 1992, Deutsche Welle inherited the RIAS-TV broadcast facilities, using them to start a German- and English-language television channel broadcast via satellite, DW (TV), adding a short Spanish broadcast segment the following year. In 1995, it began 24-hour operation (12 hours German, 10 hours English, two hours Spanish). At that time, DW (TV) introduced a new news studio and a new logo.

In 2001, Deutsche Welle (in conjunction with ARD and ZDF) founded the German TV subscription TV channel for North American viewers. The project was shut down after four years due to low subscriber numbers. It has since been replaced by the DW-TV channel (also a subscription service).

Unlike most other international broadcasters, DW-TV doesn't charge terrestrial stations for use of its programming, and as a result its News Journal and other programmes are rebroadcast on numerous public broadcasting stations in several countries, including the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. In the Philippines, selected Anglophone programmes are shown nationwide on Net 25.

In March 2009, DW-TV expanded its television services in Asia with two new channels: DW-TV Asia and DW-TV Asia+. DW-TV Asia (DW-TV Asien in German) contains 16 hours of German programming and 8 hours in English while DW-TV Asia+ contains 18 hours of English programmes plus 6 hours of German programmes.[1]

In August 2009, DW-TV's carriage in the United Kingdom on Sky channel 794 ceased, although the channel continues to be available via other European satellites receivable in the UK.[2]

Deutsche Welle relaunched their television channels on 6 February 2012, using the abbreviation DW for all its services. Deutsche Welle also revamped the television schedules.[3]

Deutsche Welle changed its schedules again on 22 June 2015, with DW in Asia and Oceania and DW (Europe) merged to become a 24-hour English news channel, discontinued English programmes in DW (Arabia) and DW (Español).[4]


DW (English)
Launched August 1988 (as RIAS-TV)
1 April 1992 (as DW-TV)
6 February 2012 (as DW (Europe))
22 June 2015 (as DW, merge with Asia & Oceania feed)
Closed 1990 (RIAS-TV),
5 February 2012 (as DW-TV)
Owned by Deutsche Welle
Picture format 16:9 (576i, SDTV)
Slogan "Made for minds." (English)
"At the Heart of Europe" (English, until 2012)
"Aus der Mitte Europas" (German, until 2012)
Country Germany
Language English
Broadcast area Europe
Middle East
North Africa
North America
Website DW
Channel 17
Astra 1M (Europe, North Africa) 11627 V 22000 5/6
Hot Bird (Europe, Middle East, North Africa) 11054 H 27500 5/6
SES-5 (Africa, Europe, Middle East) 12034 H 27500 3/4
Astra 5B (Europe, North Africa) 11817 V 27500 3/4
DW Platform
DStv (South Africa)
Channel 228
Channel 446
MNC Vision
Channel 357
SES-3 (North America) 4140 V 30000 5/6
Channel 178
Naxoo (Sweden) Channel 159
UPC Poland Channel 814
R Channel 203
ClearTV (Nepal) Channel 698 (English / HD) Channel 860 (English / SD)
Sky Cable / Destiny Cable (Philippines) Channel 132 (English / SD)
Cablelink (Philippines) Channel 73 (English / SD)
Cable TV Hong Kong Channel 140
Telekom Entertain (Germany) Channel 85 (SD)
Unifi TV (Malaysia) Channel 403 (old)
Channel 642 (new)
now TV
(Hong Kong)
Channel 324
Singtel TV
Channel 161
Chunghwa Telecom MOD
Channel 556
Streaming media
dw.com Watch Live (English)
Watch Live (German)
Livestation Watch live(Free, 502 Kbit/s, German and English on same channel
DW (Arabia)
Owned by Deutsche Welle
Picture format 16:9 (576i, SDTV)
Country Germany
Language Arabic
German (as DW Arabia 2)
Broadcast area Middle East
North Africa
Website DW (Arabia)
Arabsat BADR4 (Middle East, North Africa) 11,996 H 27,500-3/4
Nilesat 102 (Middle East, North Africa) 11,900 V 27,500-3/4
Streaming media
dw.com Watch Live
DW (Deutsch)
Launched March 2009 (as DW-TV Asia+)
6 February 2012 (as DW)
6 February 2015 (as DW, merge with Europe feed)
Owned by Deutsche Welle
Picture format 16:9 (576i, SDTV)
Country Germany
Language German
Broadcast area Asia
Middle East
Latin America
Website DW (Deutsch)
Astra 4A (Europe, Middle East, North Africa) 12380 H 27500 5/6
AsiaSat 5 (Asia) 4040 H 29720 5/6 (C-Band)
Airtel Digital TV (India) 3760 H 26000 -7/8
DD Free Dish (India) 11510 V 29500 -3/4
Reliance Digital TV (Southeast Asia) 12544 V 21429-5/6
d2h (India) 12470 V 25600-5/6
Cignal (Philippines) Channel TBA
Sun Direct (India) Channel 56
Parasat Cable TV (Philippines) Channel 251
Macau Cable TV (Macau) Channel 814
ClearTV (Nepal) Channel 861 (SD)
Starhub TV
Channel 153
CHT MOD (Taiwan) Channel 752
PEO TV (Sri Lanka) 92
DittoTV (India) 567
Streaming media
tonton Watch (Malaysia only)
DW (Español)
Owned by Deutsche Welle
Slogan "Desde el corazón de Europa (until 2012)" (Spanish)
Country Germany
Language Spanish
Broadcast area Latin America
North America
Website DW (Español)
Intelsat 21 (America) 3840 H 27690-7/8
DirecTV Latin America Channel 770
SKY Mexico (Mexico) Channel 279
Telefónica TV Digital (Chile, Colombia) Channel 438
Cable Mágico Satelital (South America) Channel 438
Inter (Venezuela) Channel 140
VTR (Chile) Channel 352
Streaming media
dw.com Watch Live

DW-TV is broadcast via the satellites AsiaSat 7, GSAT-15, Nilesat 102, Atlantic Bird 3, Hot Bird 13B, AMC-1 and Intelsat 9.

DW-TV is also available on the Internet.

Satellite jamming

A transponder on Hot Bird 8, used by DW-TV among other stations, was jammed on 7 and 8 December 2009. Eutelsat, the operator of the satellite localised the emitter source in Iran.[5] The same happened between 10 and 13 February 2010.[6]


All programmes names were given currently from DW English[7] and DW German[8] website.


  • Made in Germany (German business magazine-style show)


  • Kick Off! (Football)
  • Drive It! (Motor Magazine, Motor Mobil in German)
  • The Bundesliga (Highlights of German football)

Arts and Culture

  • Arts.21 (Cultural Magazine, Kultur.21 in German)
  • Kino ("The German Film Magazine"/Das Deutsche Filmmagazin)
  • Treasures of the World (Schätze der Welt in German)
  • Ideas for a Cooler World,[9][10] for climate change mitigation

Documentaries and Features

  • Close Up (Current Affairs Documentaries, Nahaufnahme in German)
  • World Stories (Current Affairs weekly stories in reports)
  • Faith Matters (Church Program)
  • DocFilm or DokFilm (Documentaries and Reports; formerly known as In Focus and Documentaries in English; formerly known as Im Focus & Dokumentation in German)
  • Germany 60 Years (60 x Deutschland in German; no longer on air)
  • The Climate Cover Up - Big Oil's Campaign of Deception (2018)[11]; New documents confirm big oil companies have known[12] the burning of fossil fuels impacts climate since 1957.[13]

Lifestyle and Entertainment

  • Euromaxx (Lifestyle Europe)
  • popXport (German music)
  • Sarah's Music (Contemporary Classical)
  • Europe in Concert
  • Germany Today (Deutschland Heute in German) *
  • Check-In (German Travel Guide)
  • Talking Germany *
  • Living in Germany (Typisch deutsch in German)*
  • Discover Germany (German travel magazine, Hin & Weg in German)*

* Program is no longer on air

News and Politics

Talk Show

  • Quadriga
  • Agenda[17] (Discontinued on December 2014)

Health, Science and Environment

  • In Good Shape (Health programme, ''Fit & Gesund'' in German)
  • Shift (Living in Digital Age)
  • Tomorrow Today (Projekt Zukunft in German)
  • Global 3000 (Covers globalization)
  • Eco@Africa (Also known as Eco-at-Africa, Africa's Environment Magazine)


As of 13 April 2018, DW (TV) operates five channels:

  • DW (English): Broadcast in Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, North America (24 hours in English[18]).
  • DW (Arabia): Broadcast in the Middle East, North Africa, and select countries in Europe (24 hours in Arabic[19]).
  • DW (Español): Broadcast in Latin America (24 hours in Spanish).[18]
  • DW (Deutsch+): Broadcast in the USA, Canadá e Brazil (20 hours in German, 4 hours in English[20]).
  • DW (Deutsch): Broadcast in Asia-Pacific (24 hours in German).[18]

The Channel DW (Arabia 2) which broadcast in selected Middle East and European countries (24 hours in German with subtitles in Arabic for select programs) has been closed on 15 December 2017.[21] This channel was primarily aimed at Arabian speakers who had come to Europe as refugees.[22]

Other news channels


  1. Two New Dedicated Channels Provide Gateway to Europe: Two DW-TV channel launched in Asia Deutsche Welle.
  2. "No more DW-TV on Sky/Astra". Boards. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  3. (www.dw.com), Deutsche Welle. "DW introduces new website and TV program - Germany- News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond - DW - 05.02.2012". DW.COM. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  4. "Deutsche Welle's new English TV channel to start June 22". DW. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  5. Iran stört wieder Empfang von Deutsche Welle TV via Sat Digitalfernsehen.de, 11 February 2010, online 15 February 2010
  6. Deutsche Welle: Ausstrahlung wieder vom Iran gestört DW-World.de, 11 February 2010, online 14 February 2010
  7. "TV Programs". DW.
  8. "Sendungen im Überblick". DW (in German).
  9. "Deutsche Welle Blogs - DW.COM". DW Blogs. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  10. "Global Ideas - DW.DE". dw.de. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  11. (www.dw.com), Deutsche Welle. "The climate cover-up - big oil's deception | All media content | DW | 25.02.2018". DW.COM. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  12. Supran, Geoffrey; Oreskes, Naomi (2017). "Assessing ExxonMobil's climate change communications (1977–2014)". Environmental Research Letters. 12 (8): 084019. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aa815f. ISSN 1748-9326.
  13. DW Documentary (2018-02-25), The climate cover up - big oil's campaign of deception | DW Documentary, retrieved 2018-02-26
  14. "The Day — program homepage". DW. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  15. "Der Tag". DW (in German). Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  16. "Conflict Zone — program homepage". DW. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
  17. "Agenda — program homepage". DW. Archived from the original on 27 August 2016.
  18. 1 2 3 "Program Guide". DW.
  19. DW Arabic programming, "six hours of programming in Arabic".
  20. "Programming schedule for DW Amerika" (PDF). dw.de. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  21. http://www.dw.com/de/einstellung-des-programms-dw-arabia-2/a-41779259
  22. http://www.dw.com/en/dw-arabia-2/a-19277728
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