Highlights of the free streaming media libraries in March

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

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

title Genre (year) Performers IMDb date
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

title Genre (year) Performers IMDb date
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

title Genre (year) Performers IMDb date
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
Arabellion Documentary (2021) March
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.

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