Following up the last post on the subject, Audi TV has launched on the internet, offering up original Audi content 24-hours a day, seven-days-a-week.

Magazine-type shows, from "behind-the-scenes" looks at vehicle launches to interviews with musicians and other Audi partners, pepper the web waves in both English and German for the enjoyment of Audi-philes across the world. Available at www.audi.com/tv and www.audi.de/tv, programming covers not just the cars themselves, but culture, sport, lifestyle and technology.

The effort is spearheaded by a small team at Audi AG in Germany and supported by various marketing, communications, sales, technology and design heads elsewhere throughout the company.

Check out Audi's press release after the jump.



PRESS RELEASE

INGOLSTADT, Germany - Audi has started its own internet TV channel. With immediate effect, Audi tv is on the air in English and German at www.audi.com/tv and www.audi.de/tv. But the carmaker from Ingolstadt, Germany, goes far beyond what other brand channels have broadcast to date. "Audi tv provides viewers with exciting, original programming that offers new levels of access to the multi-faceted world of the brand with the four rings," commented Ralph Weyler, AUDI AG Board Member for Marketing and Sales.

Viewers are offered a wide range of exciting and informative reports from the fields of culture, sport, lifestyle and technology. Audi has produced its own magazine programs in HDTV quality and in 16:9 format. The hosts present these shows 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Besides regular broadcasting times for the individual programs on the "Live" channel, viewers can also call up reports about specific issues at will on four "on demand" channels. "We regard Audi tv as an innovative communications channel that operates like a TV channel but which also reflects the merging of traditional TV broadcasting with the internet," explains Hans-Christian Schwingen, Head of Marketing Communication at Audi.

"This mix of unconventionally-produced brand, technology and lifestyle topics makes our schedule very attractive. The range of topics we cover is broad enough to ensure that every viewer will find something to enjoy in the world of Audi," explains Liane Scheinert, Head of Audi tv.

Here are just a few examples of Audi tv programming: a stroll around the Bode Museum in Berlin, impressions from the catwalk during a fashion show by the star designer Michael Michalsky, kite surfing in Namibia, a flying visit to a perfumer in Grasse or the Audi "nose team" in Ingolstadt, portraits of an Audi DTM racing car driver, or the duel between an airboat and an Audi S4 Cabriolet in Florida's Everglades.

The channel is managed by a small team at Audi in Ingolstadt, with the support of editors from different divisions of the company, for example Marketing, Communications, International Sales, Design and Technical Development. The programs are created by Ziggy Film Mediahouse in Munich. They are responsible for program compilation, production management, project management, art direction and programming. Technical operation of the station is the responsibility of GRID TV AG in Munich.

Audi tv also benefits from the brand's existing TV experience. In 2005, Audi successfully launched the "Audi Channel", a digital TV channel broadcast to some 7.6 million households in the United Kingdom.

Audi tv in brief

Can be viewed at: www.audi.com/tv and www.audi.de/tv

Available languages: English and German

Broadcasting times: 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Format: HDTV in 16:9

Channels: One "Live" channel with fixed broadcasting times, hosted by presenters, and four "on demand" channels with reports on specific issues that can be called up at the press of a button

Topic areas for the "on demand" channels: "Behind the Scenes", "On the Road", "Sports Center", "Life and Style"

Magazine shows on Audi tv: "Headroom" (content: portraits and innovative ideas); "Oldies and History" (content: for classic car fans); "Design" (content: design, architecture, composition); "Audi News" (content: current news about all aspects of the company); "Test Drive" (content: test drive reports, facts, tests, Audi models); "Driving Experience" (content: motoring experience); "Fascination of Technology" (content: automotive development and technology); "Audi Sports" (content: current news about Audi sporting issues); "Out and About" (content: magazine about extravagance and savoir-vivre), "Enjoy" (content: magazine for lifestyle, people, society), "Culture Beats" (content: culture and art)

Editorial staff and production: Ziggy Film Mediahouse, Munich

Technical operation: GRID TV AG, Munich