With the right hardware and software, you can watch German-language television and listen to German-language radio on your computer. Some of the offerings on these sites are truly live, probably more are audio- and video-on-demand. Some of the offerings are online versions of broadcast material; some are special online programming. Most if not all of these sites have links to sites where you can download the software you need, usually if not always in free versions.
This list is not exhaustive; there are almost certainly more sites. If you know a good one, let us know.
- Deutsche Welle. The official German radio and television broadcaster for the non-German world. Has news and information programming in audio and video. The website also gives information about the traditional broadcast offerings of Deutsche Welle.
- Bayerischer Rundfunk. Bavarian Radio’s web site with on-line audio and video.
- ZDF online. Includes up-to-the-minute news updates (regular internet) and some online video, as well as information about ZDF programming.
- Westdeutscher Rundfunk. WDR’s website has lots of information, some viewable video trailers and at least one program of internet radio–einslive–that you can listen to. (Of course, most of the songs may be American . . .)
- Die Harald Schmidt Show. Jokes and video clips, etc., from the “German David Letterman.” Remember, Geschmack ist verschieden!