Type of site
Video on demand
Available inGerman
Area servedGermany
Key peopleFlorian Hager, Sophie Burkhardt
ServicesStreaming service
Launched1 October 2016 (2016-10-01)
Current statusActive

Funk is a German video-on-demand service, operated by the public broadcasters ARD and ZDF. SWR, a regional ARD member, is responsible for the service.[1] Funk describes itself as a "content network". The target group is people between the age of 14 and 29.[2]


The director of SWR, Peter Boudgoust [de], advocated for a public service offer for the target audience in 2011.[3] On 27 November 2012, SWR expressed a wish to merge EinsPlus with ZDFkultur. The new station created by this merger would be produced jointly by ARD and ZDF and primarily target a young audience.[4] ZDF expressed caution, pointing out that this would require a decision by politicians. However, ZDF had already made a similar statement in advance and did not rule out, for example, a discontinuation of ZDFkultur in favor of a joint youth channel.


Funk is aimed at people between the ages of 14 and 29, who rarely access the traditional media used for public broadcasting. Two thirds of the project's funding is provided by ARD and one third by ZDF.[5]

Funk produces over 70 programs for social media platforms, such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Spotify, Snapchat, and the web app, as well as publishing browser games such as Bundesfighter II Turbo. These are distributed on their own channels or accounts.[2] The programs focus on information and entertainment.[6] In addition, some series are distributed under license, sometimes in their original English versions. Programs are produced by various private production companies, the company's own production companies or by the broadcasters themselves.

The funk network is subject to the Interstate Broadcasting Agreement. This includes a review of all broadcasts at least every six months.[7]


  1. ^ "Impressum of funk". (in German). funk. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Das ist funk" [We are funk]. (in German and English). funk. 8 March 2021. Retrieved 2021-08-04.
  3. ^ "SWR-Intendant Boudgoust wiedergewählt". Hannoversche Allgemeinen Zeitung (in German). June 10, 2011. Archived from the original on June 21, 2020. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  4. ^ "ARD will neuen Jugendkanal schaffen – EinsPlus soll wegfallen". DIGITAL FERNSEHEN (in German). Auerbach Verlag und Infodienste GmbH. November 28, 2011. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  5. ^ "Jugendkanal von ARD und ZDF: Länderchefs stimmen zu". DIGITAL FERNSEHEN (in German). Auerbach Verlag und Infodienste GmbH. December 4, 2015. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  6. ^ "Transparenz" [Transparency]. (in German). funk. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  7. ^ Müller, Martin (December 20, 2019). "Jugendnetzwerk funk streicht Vorzeigeprojekte". Der Spiegel (in German). DER SPIEGEL GmbH & Co. KG. Retrieved February 6, 2021.