It doesn’t always have to be Netflix, Disney + or Amazon – the media libraries of the major broadcasters also have a lot to offer. And best of all: all content is free. TECHNOLOGY BUTTON shows the highlights in the ARD, ZDF and Arte media libraries for the month of March.
The streaming of series and films as an evening activity has not only been very popular since Corona. Users can watch a new episode of their favorite series according to their own schedule or pause a film at the appropriate point. In addition, you get the best graphic quality without any hardware clogging up your shelves. The big names in the industry are certainly Netflix , Sky , Disney + , Amazon Prime Video and recently also HBO Max. But if you don’t feel like a paid subscription, you will quickly find what you are looking for in the media libraries of ARD and Co., the use of which is covered by the mandatory broadcasting fee for (almost) all households. In the media libraries, content can be called up that has already been seen on linear television. This also means that new series and films are added every month. TECHNOLOGY BUTTON presents the highlights in the program of the ZDF, ARD and Arte media libraries for the month of March.
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- The ARD media library
- The ZDF media library
- The Arte media library
The ARD media library
ARD is known for its popular crime novels. In addition to a brand new crime scene in Kiel centered on investigator Klaus Borowksi (Axel Milberg), eight episodes of the Swedish crime series “Blinded” and the first season of “Beforeigners – Murderous Times” will be in the ARD media library in March. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, several biopics also land in the ARD media library, including films about Käthe Kruse, Hannah Arendt and Ottilie von Faber-Castell.
Series and films at a glance
|The Alps (part 1–2)||Nature film||–||–||03/01/2021|
|Ottilie from Faber-Castell||Drama, History (2019)||Kristin Suckow, Martin Wuttke, Johannes Zirner||6.8||03/01/2021|
|Mary Higgins Clark – Mysterious Crimes (Season 1)||Crime (2014–)||–||–||03/03/2021|
|Aenna Burda – The economic miracle woman||Drama, History (2018)||Jean-Yves Berteloot, Lior Kudrjawizki||7.1||03/04/2021|
|The Dead of Marnow (Season 1)||Crime (2021)||Petra Schmidt-Schaller, Sascha Alexander Gersak||–||03/06/2021|
|Just ask the mouse – the big birthday show||Entertainment show (2021)||Barbara Schöneberger, Elton, Günther Jauch||–||03/06/2021|
|Kathe Kruse||Drama, Biography (2015)||Friederike Becht, Fritz Karl, Franz Dinda||6.6||03/06/2021|
|Young women politicians – Yes she can!||Documentary (2021)||–||–||03/06/2021|
|The finest hour of her life||History (2014)||Iris Berben, Anna Maria Mühe, Lena Stolze||6.0||03/06/2021|
|Crime scene: Borowski and the fear of white men||Thriller||Axel Milberg, Almila Bagriacik||–||07.03.2021|
|Hannah Arendt||Drama, History (2012)||Barbara Sukowa, Axel Milberg||7.1||07.03.2021|
|Clara Forever||Biography (2014)||Katharina Schüttler, Maximilian Brückner||6.4||March 8th, 2021|
|Blinded (Season 1)||Crime (2019–)||Matias Varela, Julia Ragnarsson||–||03/10/2021|
|Beforeigners: Murderous Times (Season 1)||Drama, crime (2019–)||Nicolai Cleve Broch, Krista Kosonen||7.8||03/14/2021|
|In the Corona intensive care unit of the Charité – fight for every breath||Documentary (2021)||–||–||03/15/2021|
|The Split – Relationship Status Unresolved (Seasons 1-2)||Drama (2018–)||Nicola Walker, Stephen Mangan Annabel Scholey||7.7||03/25/2021|
Beforeigners – Murderous Times (from March 14th)
Time travelers turn Oslo upside down in the Norwegian television series “Beforeigners – Murderous Times”. This creates a bloody conflict between the residents and the newcomers, in which the police officers Lars (Nicolai Cleve Broch) and his partner Alfhildr (Krista Kosonen) get caught when they are investigating a murder case.
Ottilie von Faber-Castell (from March 1st)
After the death of her father, Ottilie von Faber-Castell (Kristin Suckow) takes over the management of the AW Faber company. However, it was not easy for the young woman to assert herself in the company at the end of the 19th century. Tensions also arise within the family, not least because her own grandmother (Eleonore Weißgerber) and her husband Alexander (Johannes Zirner) are intriguing against her. The big two-part event is based on the novel “An ornament in your house” by Asta Scheib.
The ZDF media library
The ZDF media library is also completely free. Films, series and news can sometimes still be accessed there several months after they were broadcast. In March, among other things, after a long wait, a new part of the popular “Ku’damm” series is on the program. There is also a special for International Women’s Day that contains several documentaries by women about women. And what would ZDF be without a few hearty crime series? Also included: “Mordsommer’s Murder” and “Shakespeare & Hathaway”.
Series and films at a glance
|Midsummer Murder (Season 4)||Crime (2010–)||Alexandra Rapaport, Jakob Cedergren, Jonas Malmsjö||6.9||07.03.2021|
|Lift Like a Girl – Strong like a girl||Drama (2021)||–||–||07.03.2021|
|Women – lust knows no age||Documentary (2021)||–||–||07.03.2021|
|80,000 schnitzel||Documentary (2021)||–||–||07.03.2021|
|Shakespeare & Hathaway (Season 3)||Crime (2018–)||Mark Benton, Jo Joyner||7.6||March 20, 2021|
|Ku’damm 63||Drama (2021)||Sonja Gerhardt, Emilia Schüle, Maria Ehrich, Sabin Tambrea||–||March 20, 2021|
|Pure (Season 1)||Drama, Comedy (2018)||Charly Clive, Joe Cole||7.4||03/27/2021|
|Fortunately, it stays in the family||Comedy (2011)||Christian Clavier, Jean Reno, Muriel Robin||5.7||03/30/2021|
Ku’damm 63 (from March 20th)
The Schöllack family is at the center of the multi-part historical series “Ku’damm”. There are four very different women: Matriarch Caterina (Claudia Michelsen), who ran a dance school for high society in post-war Berlin, and her three daughters Helga (Maria Ehrich), Eva (Emilia Schüle) and Monika (Sonja Gerhardt). While Helga outwardly leads a seemingly perfect life with her secretly homosexual husband (August Wittgenstein), the marriage is boiling. Eva faces the challenges of being a divorced woman and free spirit Monika fights for her illegitimate daughter and to come to terms with a tragedy.
Shakespeare & Hathaway (from March 20)
Luella Shakespeare (Jo Joyner) and Frank Hathaway (Mark Benton) are private investigators – and a sometimes more and sometimes less well-rehearsed team. Together they solve cases in Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of the great poet William Shakespeare. Because the peaceful British idyll is boiling under the surface …
The Arte media library
The Franco-German broadcaster Arte has a certain reputation that it lives up to in the media library. Many high-quality documentaries can be seen there, but also some high-quality feature films. A special focus in March is on the topic of “art theft”, and some content can be seen, especially on art theft during the Nazi era. With the original series “The Killing” from 2007, crime fans will also get their money’s worth.
Series and films at a glance
|The Killing – Commissioner Lund (Seasons 1-3)||Crime (2007-2010)||Sofie Gråbøl, Lars Mikkelsen||8.4||03/01/2021|
|Peace (Season 1)||Drama, History (2020)||Anina Walt, Max Hubacher||–||03/18/2021|
|Bautzen (Season 1)||Documentary (2020)||–||–||until March 26th, 2021|
|How do you steal a million?||Comedy (1966)||Ausdrey Hepburn, Peter O’Toole||7.6||March 29, 2021|
|Once upon a time in Iraq||Documentary (2020)||–||–||03/30/2021|
|The year zero||Documentary (2021)||–||–||March|
|The History of Anti-Semitism (Season 1)||Documentary (2020)||–||–||March|
|The painter and the thief||Documentary (2020)||Karl Bertil-Nordland, Barbora Kysilkova||7.6||March|
|The life of the bohemian||Drama, Comedy (1992)||Matti Pellonpää||7.7||March|
|Ariel – Burned down in Helsinki||Drama, Crime (1988)||Turo Pajala, Susanna Haavisto||7.5||March|
|The man without a past||Comedy (2002)||Markku Peltola, Kati Outinen||7.7||March|
|Clouds pass by||Drama, Comedy (1996)||Kati Outinen, Kari Väänänen||7.6||March|
|The girl from the match factory||Drama, Comedy (1990)||Kati Outinen, Elina Salo||7.6||March|
|The woman in gold||Biography, History (2015)||Helen Mirren, Daniel Brühl, Ryan Reynolds||7.3||March|
|The comeback of the giant birds||Documentary (2020)||–||–||March|
The Killing – Commissioner Lund (from March 1st)
The successful Danish series comprises three seasons, all of which can currently be seen in the Arte media library. Commissioner Sarah Lund (Sofie Grabol) is investigating several gruesome murders in which high-ranking politicians are also involved. The ambitious police officer is also always torn between the job she loves and her family.