Wednesday, January 6, 2016

RTL launching a new international German pay-TV channel, RTL International, on 18 January that will be available in South Africa and Namibia through Deukom.

RTL Germany will launch a new channel, RTL International on 18 January that will be made available in South Africa as well through Deukom and Satelio.

Live news, magazine shows, soaps and other TV series will be broadcast on RTL International as a general entertainment channel in German, targeting German-speaking ex-pats and holidaymakers in South Africa and Namibia and countries like Canada, Australia, Israel and Georgia.

RTL International will be the world's first global German language general entertainment network. It will launch on 18 January and will become available in the United States in February.

"There is a lot of interest in RTL International being expressed by platforms all over the world because the station offers a unique opportunity to reach German ex-pats with its premium German content," says Stefan Sporn, the general manager of international distribution at RTL International.

"We look forward to this launch but also to the enormous potential opening up to us over the next few months to target even more platform partners, so that we can reach even more people with our unique TV brands".

RTL International will broadcast live news and funnel original productions from the Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland group's existing domestic German TV channels, RTL, VOX, RLT Nitro and n-tv and will include magazine shows, soaps, dramas and other TV series.

The RTL International schedule will include the breakfast show Guten Morgen Deutschland, news broadcasts RTL aktuell and Punkt 12, tabloid shows Explosiv and Exclusiv, the current episodes of soap operas Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten, Unter uns and Alles was zählt, series like Alarm für Cobra 11, Der Lehrer and Doctor’s Diary as well as the expat documentary Goodbye Deutschland! Die Auswanderer and the car show auto mobil.