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How to watch German TV in the US?

One thing many Expats or Transplants miss in the US is German TV. No matter if it’s  your favorite series, Tatort or one of the many documentaries it’s just different than American programming. Plus it’s a great way to expose our kids to more German!

Thanks to the internet there are plenty of ways to get your favorite programs straight to your house or download whole series on your iPad. If you know of additional channels and programs, please let us know or just comment below. 



Oznoz Video is “like Netflix for bilingual kids,” an online channel where you can watch shows like Thomas and Friends, Elmo’s World, Barney and others in languages like German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Persian and more.

Some shows we recommend for preschool German-speaking families include:

Thomas & Friends

Freddys Freunde

Waere die Welt eine Dorf mit * Nena *

Older age shows

1001 Nacht

Marvellous Milly


Sign up for just $9.99/month, for you unlimited access to all shows and movies. Use a browser to stream or better yet, download the Android and iOS Oznoz app for free and get the content on your devices for travel. You can watch shows online or offline or stream it to a large Television set at home using Apple TV or Google Chromecast. There are no ads, and the first month is free.

Also, don’t forget about Oznoz Shop. You can purchase books in German and if you subcribe to Oznoz Video today, you will get a $20 credit in Oznoz Shop.

The founders of Oznoz are German-speakers and bring you this platform from New York. Please support them, give them feedback and let them know about any shows you would like to see on this channel.

Pro Sieben Sat1 Welt

Select Pro 7 and Sat 1 programming only. Watch shows like „Der letzte Bulle“, „Bundesliga-Magazin“ or „Abenteuer Ferne“ .

Click here for a 1 week trial free of charge.


Watch German TV in the iCloud with save-tv.de

Fees range from  EUR 4,99 to 9.99 per month, but you can test it 14 days free of charge.
Here is a link to the live TV programs you can watch.


Dein persönlicher Cloud-Recorder: bong.tv

Fees range from EUR 4,99 to 6.99 per month, but you can test it 7 days free of charge.
Check out their available programs here.

Deutsche Welle

DW is an official German TV channel whose shows are produced specifically for non-German countries to reflect German culture, politics and social life. You can select the channel in your regular cable program for an additional fee.


There are lot’s of kids favorites like Pippi Langstrumpf, Pumuckl, Laura’s Stern and much more on YouTube free of charge, but you can’t access the current TV programs and German news for example.

1 Comment



March 26th 2019, 8:33 am

"I watch 'Tatort' and other shows or movies and 'Tagesschau on https://www.ardmediathek.de/ard/ It is free."

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