RTL (German TV channel)

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RTL
RTL DE Logo 2021 blau petrol lila.png
Country Germany
Broadcast areaNational
Also distributed in:
Austria
Switzerland
France
Italy
Belgium
Luxembourg
Liechtenstein
Netherlands
Turkey
Headquarters Cologne, Germany
Programming
Language(s) German
Picture format 2160p 4K UHD
1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Ownership
Owner RTL Group
Parent RTL Deutschland
Sister channels RTL Zwei
VOX
Super RTL
n-tv
RTL Crime
RTL Living
RTL Passion
Nitro
RTL Up
History
Launched2 January 1984;37 years ago (1984-01-02)
Former namesRTL plus (1984–1992)
RTL Television (1992–2004)
Links
Website www.rtl.de
Availability
Terrestrial
Digital terrestrial television Channel numbers vary
Cable
Kabel Deutschland Channel 103 (SD) / Channel 114 (HD)
Satellite
Astra 19.2°E (Europe)12188 H 27500 3/4 (SD) Germany
12226 H 27500 3/4 (SD) Austria & Switzerland
HD+ (Germany)10832 H 22000 2/3 (HD)
11391 H 22000 5/6 (UHD)
Sky Deutschland Channel 183 (SD)
Channel 163 (HD)

RTL (called RTL plus from 1984–1992 and RTL Television from 1992–2004) is a German free-to-air television channel owned by the RTL Group and is the largest private network in Germany.

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History


RTL plus was famous in its early years for showing low-budget films and American programmes. In 1988, it was the second most-viewed channel. [1]

After reunification in 1990, broadcasting was extended to the entire country. RTL moved to Cologne and received the right to broadcast on free-to-air frequencies. That same year, RTL acquired the first-run rights to the German Football First Division. Deals with Cannon and Universal Studios finally provided more high-profile films for the channel. In 2012, RTL made a deal with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures to air films from its media library until 2016, when it switched to Universal, as Disney Channel was relaunched as a free-to-air channel competing with RTL. [2]

As part of a comprehensive restructuring within Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, RTL unveiled a new identity, a new, multi-colourful logo and a new graphics package. The rebrand rolled out on 15th September 2021, as well as RTL Living.

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Audience share

Germany

JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecemberAnnual average
19850.4%
1986Increase2.svg 0.7%
1987Increase2.svg 1.2%
1988Increase2.svg 4.1%
1989Increase2.svg 10.0%
1990 [3] Increase2.svg 11.5%
1991 [4] Increase2.svg 14.4%
1992 [5] Increase2.svg 16.7%
1993 [6] Increase2.svg 18.9%
1994 [7] Decrease2.svg 17.5%
1995 [8] Increase2.svg 17.6%
1996 [9] 16.6%16.6%18.2%18.6%18.1%15.5%15.6%16.7%17.2%16.7%17.4%16.5%Decrease2.svg 17.0%
1997 [10] 15.9%16.0%16.4%17.8%17.0%15.9%14.8%14.7%16.9%16.9%15.7%14.9%Decrease2.svg16.1%
1998 [11] 14.2%14.2%16.2%16.2%15.6%13.8%14.4%15.7%16.3%15.1%15.2%14.6%Decrease2.svg 15.1%
1999 [12] 13.6%13.9%15.0%15.8%15.9%15.3%14.9%15.3%15.5%15.4%14.3%13.6%Decrease2.svg 14.8%
2000 [13] 14.0%14.0%13.8%14.3%14.4%13.7%14.0%14.2%14.0%14.6%15.1%14.7%Decrease2.svg 14.3%
2001 [14] 14.3%13.4%15.3%15.9%16.9%13.6%14.3%13.4%15.5%15.4%14.6%14.5%Increase2.svg 14.8%
2002 [15] 15.0%13.2%14.9%16.1%15.2%12.6%14.5%13.2%15.4%15.5%15.2%14.4%Decrease2.svg 14.6%
2003 [16] 15.8%15.7%16.0%15.3%15.5%14.3%13.7%13.5%15.5%14.9%13.9%13.8%Increase2.svg 14.9%
2004 [17] 15.2%13.8%13.9%14.1%14.5%12.2%13.1%12.3%14.5%14.4%14.0%12.8%Decrease2.svg 13.8%
2005 [18] 13.1%12.5%12.9%13.6%14.1%13.1%12.7%12.3%14.0%13.5%13.5%12.9%Decrease2.svg 13.2%
2006 [19] 13.0%12.3%13.4%12.8%13.7%12.8%12.1%12.7%13.0%13.1%12.6%11.9%Decrease2.svg 12.8%
2007 [20] 12.6%12.0%12.6%12.8%12.9%12.8%12.4%11.8%13.1%12.9%12.1%11.1%Decrease2.svg 12.4%
2008 [21] 11.8%11.5%11.7%12.5%12.4%9.8%11.6%10.5%12.5%12.1%12.9%11.5%Decrease2.svg 11.7%
2009 [22] 12.6%11.8%12.4%12.8%12.4%11.6%11.4%10.9%13.3%13.5%14.0%12.9%Increase2.svg 12.5%
2010 [23] 12.7%12.7%13.7%14.0%13.6%12.7%12.5%12.8%14.5%14.8%15.3%13.6%Increase2.svg 13.6%
2011 [24] 15.2%14.1%13.7%14.6%14.9%12.5%13.3%13.2%14.8%14.6%14.3%13.3%Increase2.svg 14.1%
2012 [25] 14.1%13.1%13.4%12.7%11.9%10.6%11.5%10.5%12.7%12.3%12.7%10.8%Decrease2.svg 12.3%
2013 [26] 13.1%11.3%11.2%12.1%11.4%10.8%10.9%10.4%10.7%11.7%11.5%10.3%Decrease2.svg 11.3%
2014 [27] 12.8%10.4%10.6%10.6%10.6%8.4%9.0%9.0%10.0%11.5%10.7%9.5%Decrease2.svg 10.3%
2015 [28] 11.3%9.6%9.8%9.9%9.9%9.7%9.2%9.0%10.6%10.6%10.1%9.1%Decrease2.svg 9.9%
2016 [29] 11.7%10.0%9.6%10.0%9.8%8.3%9.0%8.3%10.1%10.4%10.0%9.2%Decrease2.svg 9.7%
2017 [30] 11.0%8.8%9.3%9.4%9.5%9.0%8.5%8.5%9.0%9.4%9.0%8.1%Decrease2.svg 9.2%
2018 [31] 9.7%8.4%8.5%8.6%8.3%7.5%7.8%

The average age of the viewers is 48.9 years (as of 2016). [32]

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