RTL (German TV channel)

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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.

RTL
RTL DE Logo 2021 blau petrol lila.png
CountryGermany
Broadcast areaNational
Also distributed in:
Austria
Switzerland
France
Italy
Belgium
Luxembourg
Liechtenstein
Netherlands
Turkey
HeadquartersCologne, Germany
Programming
Language(s)German
Picture format2160p 4K UHD
1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Ownership
OwnerRTL Group
ParentRTL Deutschland
Sister channelsRTL 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
Websitewww.rtl.de
Availability
Terrestrial
Digital terrestrial televisionChannel numbers vary
Cable
Kabel DeutschlandChannel 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 DeutschlandChannel 183 (SD)
Channel 163 (HD)
Streaming media
Ziggo GO (Netherlands)ZiggoGO.tv

HistoryEdit


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]

On 1st September 2017, RTL flattened its logo, with brighter shades of the three colours. The slogan continues to be Wilkommen Zuhause, through Mein RTL would be used in rare cases. Another sister channel, n•tv was rebranded on the same day.

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 and RTL Passion.

Station LogosEdit

Audience shareEdit

GermanyEdit

January February March April May June July August September October November December Annual average
1985 0.4%
1986   0.7%
1987   1.2%
1988   4.1%
1989   10.0%
1990[3]   11.5%
1991[4]   14.4%
1992[5]   16.7%
1993[6]   18.9%
1994[7]   17.5%
1995[8]   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%   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%  16.1%
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%   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%   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%   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%   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%   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%   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%   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%   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%   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%   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%   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%   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%   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%   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%   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%   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%   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%   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%   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%   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]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Audience shares 1988: RTL 4.1% and SAT.1 5.6%, see Marktanteile der Fernsehsender at Fernsehen in Deutschland (de)
  2. ^ Roxborough, Scott (1 February 2012). "Disney Signs Multi-Year Package Deal With Germany's RTL". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
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