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3sat is a public, advertising-free, television network in Central Europe. The programming is in German (in either Standard German or Austrian Standard German, depending on the producer of the programme) and is aimed primarily at audiences in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. 3sat was established to broadcast cultural programmes, originally by satellite. The network was founded as a cooperative network by Germany's ZDF, Austria's ORF and Switzerland's SRG SSR (formerly SRG SSR idée suisse). 3sat began broadcasting on 1 December 1984. ZDF leads the cooperative, though decisions are reached through consensus of the cooperative's partners. Since 2003, it can be viewed by 40 million households in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and 85.5 million households in Europe.

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