Sometimes it is hard to believe what you can access on the internet. I consider sometimes how much more difficult my quest to learn German could have been if I’d taken it seriously back in high school. If I wanted to watch films or television, it was all but impossible to get access to a large selection of entertainment. So I wanted to continue sharing my little “secrets” for practicing German.
But today, there is so much available for streaming German TV and films. Today, you do not have to travel to Germany in order to access German-language television. Many of the German (and Austrian and Swiss) television stations offer free streams or access to videos on-demand on their websites. I take advantage of these free services regularly to stream German-language TV. Now you can enjoy learning German from the comfort of your own home — or wherever thanks to your mobile device!
The one potential obstacle with streaming is geographic limitations. Some channels will only allow access to those within their country, or you may find certain shows blocked. With that said, there are still lots of great options to choose from. Here’s a collection of German-language TV stations that have online streaming.
Some of these stations offer live streaming, others offer on-demand streaming of already aired programs and still, others offer a mix of both.
It’s also worth noting that many of these stations are now offering free apps for your smartphone that includes free streaming.
If you are looking for specific television shows to watch, I have some recommendations. I put together some lists of suggestions, including German TV shows on Netflix, Hulu, and more, German TV soaps to stream, and German videos with subtitles.
Streaming German Language TV
Streaming German TV Channels
Streaming Austrian TV Channels
Streaming Swiss TV Channels
I seem to find myself watching ZDF a lot. Do you have a favorite where you’re streaming German-language TV? Share it below or any stations I may have missed.