International media

Even if you are far from your home country, you don’t have to do without newspapers, TV and films in your own language. In all, Germany has more than 2,500 foreign-language media. Here, we show you how you can receive them or buy them.

International media

TV and films

TV and films

You can receive all international channels via satellite. Many of them are unencrypted, which means that they are free of charge; however, for some you will require a subscription. You can find out everything you need to know about receiving satellite TV here.

Another alternative is IPTV – that is, receiving television via an Internet connection. IPTV is available from most large telecommunications operators in combination with a fast DSL Internet connection. Mostly English-language programmes are included in the price. You can pay extra to receive channels in other languages.

If you want to view a film in your native language, you can also visit a cinema. Many cinemas hold screenings of foreign films in their original language. You can find out more about this here.

In addition to this, you can find videos with free access on the Internet. You also have the possibility of renting films online.

Newspapers

Newspapers

In Germany, around 5,000 shops stock international newspapers. You’ll find a large selection of foreign daily newspapers at airports and railway stations especially. Altogether, you have a choice of 150 foreign-language newspapers, most of them in English. You can find out more about this here.

Radio

Radio

As with foreign TV channels, you can also receive a variety of foreign radio stations by satellite. A very broad variety of German radio stations also broadcast in foreign languages. Both public and private stations offer radio programmes in English, Russian, French and Turkish, as well as other languages.

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