Launched 9 December 1999 (1999-12-09)
Closed 7 May 2011 (2011-05-07)
Network ZDF
Owned by ZDF
Picture format 576i (4:3 SDTV)
Country Germany
Language German
Broadcast area Germany
Headquarters Mainz-Lerchenberg, Germany
Replaced by ZDFkultur
Sister channel(s) ZDF
Website ewww.zdftheaterkanal.de

ZDFtheaterkanal was a TV station and part of the digital TV package offered by ZDF. The channel was broadcast daily from 9 am until 2 am the following day, starting on 9 December 1999. The broadcasting was stopped on 7 May 2011 in favor of ZDFkultur.

The program was broadcast nationwide via the TV cable network (DVB-C) and the Astra 19.2°E (DVB-S). In addition, the channel was accessible via the IPTV offers Telekom Entertain and Alice as well as with via Zattoo.

In the summer of 2008, plans were presented to convert ZDFtheaterkanal into a cultural channel.[1][2] On 7 May 2011, at 6:30 am, the new channel ZDFkultur[3] started and replaced ZDFtheaterkanal to cover the topics of music, performing arts, film culture, network culture and gaming.[4] The cut-over took place on 7 May 2011 at 1:20 AM.

ZDFtheaterkanal (as well as the following station ZDFkultur) was directed by Wolfgang Bergmann,[5] previously by Walter Konrad.[6]


The channel a program that took into account all areas of the performing arts. These included the broadcasting of stagings, documentaries, portraits and conversations. Since the mid-2000s the program has been supplemented by other art forms. Thus, music formats such as Later with Jools Holland or concert recordings were broadcast.

Also, ZDF-produced Arte and 3sat programs were rebroadcast, including Kulturzeit, Tracks, Durch die Nacht mit …, Bauerfeind and FOYER.

You could also see older shows like ZDF-Hitparade and Disco as well as occasionally older television series.


  1. Michael Hanfeld (2008-06-10). "ZDF plant Kulturkanal: Darf's etwas mehr sein?" (in German). Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Retrieved 2010-10-15.
  2. "ZDF will sein Senderrepertoire aufstocken" (in German). kress.de. 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2010-10-15.
  3. Thomas Lückerath (2011-03-14). "Weg vom Feuilleton: zdf.kultur wird jünger als ZDFneo" (in German). DWDL.de. Retrieved 2011-03-14.
  4. Alexander Krei (2010-10-15). "Popkultur und Spiel: ZDFkultur startet 2011" (in German). DWDL.de. Retrieved 2010-10-15.
  5. Matthias Hannemann: Theater auf der Mattscheibe. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 21. Januar 2008
  6. Stabwechsel in der ZDF-Führungsebene: Dr. Walter Konrad als Direktor Europäische Satellitenprogramme verabschiedet, presseportal.de
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