Launched 1 April 2000 (2000-04-01)
Closed 31 October 2009 (2009-10-31)
Owned by ZDF
Picture format 576i (4:3 SDTV)
Country Germany
Language German
Broadcast area Germany
Headquarters Mainz-Lerchenberg, Germany
Replaced by ZDFneo
Sister channel(s) ZDF
Website www.zdfdokukanal.de
DVB-T Various; region dependent
Astra 19.2°E (Europe, North Africa) 11954 H / 27500 / 3/4 (SD / FTA)

ZDFdokukanal was a TV station between 1 April 2000 and 31 October 2009 and part of the digital TV package offered by ZDF.


The program was broadcast nationwide via the TV cable networks (DVB-C) and the satellite Astra 19.2°E (DVB-S). In the regions where DVB-T was available, ZDFdokukanal could be also received via antenna between 9 pm and 6 am, alternating with KiKa. It was also included in the IPTV offer of some DSL providers.


The station provided background information on nature, science, history and society.

Since May 2009, the station has been transformed into a youth and family station in which the proportion of the documentaries has gradually been reduced and the number of entertainment programming has been increased. On 19 August 2009, ZDF announced that the station would cease broadcasting as of 31 October 2009.[1] ZDFdokukanal was then replaced by ZDFneo.

Since the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, ARD and ZDF have been using their digital TV programs EinsExtra, EinsFestival, ZDFdokukanal and ZDFinfokanal to report additionally from the Olympic Games. This opportunity was also used at the 2008 European Football Championship to be able to broadcast matches simultaneously.


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