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TM3 Logo 2019.svg
Country Germany
Broadcast area Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Headquarters Augsburg, Germany
Language(s) German
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
Owner ProSiebenSat.1 Media (1995-2001)
FBT Deutschland GmbH (2019)
Sister channelstm3+
Launched25 August 1995;27 years ago (1995-08-25) (original)
13 January 2019;4 years ago (2019-01-13) (revival)
Replaced 9Live
Family TV (2009-2019)
Closed31 August 2001;21 years ago (2001-08-31) (original)
1 April 2019;3 years ago (2019-04-01) (revival)
Replaced by Genius family

tm3 was a German free-to-air television network. On 1 September 2001, it was rebranded as 9Live, which eventually closed down on 9 August 2011. [1] TM3 was revived on 13 January 2019 replacing Family TV. On 31 March, Genius Family replaced Tm3.


TM3 launched as an original network on 25 August 1995 as a channel with programming focusing on women, fashion shows, & daily lifestyle. It had its headquarters in Munich.


First Logo from 1995-2001. TM3.svg
First Logo from 1995-2001.

In October 1999, a request for the following thematic channels to the Bayerische Landeszentrale für neue Medien (Bavarian State Office for New Media) was approved:

In the same year, the former "Women’s Channel" purchased the broadcasting rights for the UEFA Champions League, [2] for DM 850 million, for four years, and broadcast live for one season before it was sold to RTL and Premiere in 2000. [3]

Early 2001 was the start of tm3 travel show, urlaubsreif, which was renamed that same year to sonnenklar. Through the concept of this show, the channel sonnenklar.TV was founded in 2003. It was also broadcast on 9Live.


News Corporation took over the station between 1999 and 2000, [4] and transformed it into the "Champions League Station". The interest diminished in 2001, and the station was taken over by H.O.T Networks GmbH [5] and ProSiebenSat.1 Media.

As of April 23, 2001 tm3 launched, under the slogan "as real as life", an interactive live entertainment (13 hours a day), which paved the way for the developing 9Live station.

Audience share

JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecemberAnnual average
1997 [6] ------------0.3%
1998 [7] ---0.6%0.6%0.6%0.6%0.6%0.7%0.7%0.7%0.6%Increase2.svg 0.6%
1999 [8] 0.7%0.6%0.6%0.7%0.8%0.8%0.8%0.7%1.9%1.5%1.5%1.1%Increase2.svg 1.0%
2000 [9] 0.8%1.0%1.5%1.4%1.4%0.8%0.9%0.8%0.8%0.7%0.7%0.7%1.0%
2001 [10] 0.7%0.8%0.7%0.7%0.4%0.4%0.3%0.3%----Decrease2.svg 0.5%

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