Record and Download European TV online

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 11, 2006
Updated • May 10, 2013
Music and Video
6 is a completely legal service that allows you to record European TV shows using their service to download them at a later time to your local computer. The main focus is on German TV but you also find Belgian, Swiss and some English stations like CNN. All you have to do is register at the website which offers a German and an English interface for its users. After creating the account you are free to create new recordings using the EPG schedule, a EPG search or a manual mode.

Selecting a show to be recorded is a piece of cake: simply click on the + in front of the show and the show will be recorded for you. There are some limitations though: you have a daily limit of 2 gigabytes, a weekly of 4 and a monthly of 12 to download for free. If you donate money you can download more but I think the 12 gigabyte limit per month should be sufficient for everyone. If everything else fails register a second account and you are free to download an additional 12 Gigabytes.

All  major German TV channels are available at the website: ARD, ZDF, RTL, PRO7, SAT1. You also find news channels like BBC World and CNN, MTV and VIVA (another music station), Eurosports and DSF (two sports channels) and many more. This is great for everyone who is speaking German, who wants to learn German or is merely interested in the German TV program. I suppose many Americans will realize that German (European) television shows less violence but more sex.

online tv recorder

Besides this already great service you find a live TV stream of every channel that is available plus many more from all over the world. Pick a country, a language, a format and a genre and all stations that are available from that country will be listed.

All recorded TV shows can only viewed once you decode them with a special program that is available as a security measure from the website as well. They have to make sure for legality reasons that the person who registered the account is the recipient of the recorded show. You are free to download the shows by various means like direct downloads, emule and bittorrent. All completely legal. You just have to make sure you programmed it before you start the download, that´s all there is to know.

The decoder that I've spoken earlier of is available for windows, mac and linux which means your system should be supported as well. Files seem to be available in .wmv format after decoding. The website offers guides to change them into different formats as well.

Update: The site's mode of operation changed slightly. While there is still a free option available, it is limited to 15 TV episodes per month. A paid account is available for 60 cents which provides you with access to 120 episodes, almost twice the amount of TV stations and other features such as access to the wishlist or high quality recordings.


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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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