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

DasErste website
DasErste publishes the DasErste website using the Sophora content management system

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.

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.
— Tobias Rahn, Das Erste, At the ARD program directorate responsible for project and system support

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.

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.

The individual needs and special requirements of the editors were taken seriously  from the beginning and were considered and implemented optimally-.
— Andreas Rindler, Das Erste, Deputy Editorial Director

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.


Client / Project
Das Erste

About Das Erste

Das Erste ("The First") is the flagship national television channel of the ARD consortium of public broadcasting corporations in Germany.