TV on the Web at

At, the program of the TV channel Das Erste is just a click away. Sophora CMS enables the link between television and the internet.

Tobias Rahn, at the ARD program directorate responsible for project and system support, praises the cooperation with the subshell team: "For us it was important to keep the CMS as lean and flexible, and to be able to react more quickly to new requirements in the future. subshell has implemented this optimally (Translated). "

Sophora provides the technical basis for the cross-media-offer of the ARD. On the website users enjoy a digital offering to all TV programs by Das Erste. It includes information, videos, interactive elements, images and backgrounds to formats such as crime shows Tatort or Polizeiruf 110, soaps like Weissensee or Sturm der Liebe, and  documentaries and magazines. The site also offers a live stream of the TV program, quizes and podcasts around the shows in Das Erste.

Program information, TV guides, live stream and mobile ready videos can also be accessed via tablet and smartphone. The subshell content management system Sophora also facilitates the work for the online editorial team. New content types can be  implemented swiftly. The high-end CMS excels in the modeling of the complex broadcast data model. Also, the implementation of interfaces and or imports and exports of program data is a breeze for the CMS.

CMS Sophora im Einsatz bei

The online editorial team is very satisfied with the cooperation and the result. Andreas Rindler, Deputy Editorial Director, who represented the editorial staff in the project sums: "The individual needs and special requirements of the editors were taken seriously  from the beginning and were considered and implemented optimally (Translated)."

TV on Demand: HbbTV in the Video Library of Das Erste

Whether talk shows such as Hart aber Fair  or Beckmann, whether its Tatort or Polizeiruf 110, or a documentary or series, many of the programs of Das Erste can be viewed as a video online. The shows are available to users as video-on-demand for up to 12 months in a high-resolution format. The videos are clearly structured and presented. Viewers can use this user-friendly function with HbbTV-enabled devices or external receivers. A DSL data connection allows the user access to special interactive features.

Thanks to Sophora’s powerful JSON interface, the smart TV applications were created using Sophora templates, CE-HTML and JavaScript in a short time.

Not only for the audience, the use of Sophora for the video library is a win. Online editors benefit from the advantages of a user-friendly multi-channel CMS as it provides the content for the HbbTV application with no extra effort for the online editorial team of Das Erste.

Mediathek von wird mit CMS Sophora publiziert


  • Name:
  • Client(s): Das Erste
  • URL:
  • Categories: Web, Mobile, News, TV, Broadcast
  • Integration: subshell (CMS)

About Das Erste

"Das Erste ("The First"), or Erstes Deutsches Fernsehen ("First German Television"), is the principal publicly owned television channel in Germany. It is a joint production of Germany's regional public broadcasters acting through, and coordinated by, the ARD consortium." || Source: Wikipedia | Authors: List of Authors | License: CC BY-SA 3.0.