Television is an important media in a country where 95% of households are cabled and only 1% of homes do not have a television set.
Luxembourgers' multilingualism also inevitably influences the way they watch television. Thanks to cable, people in the Grand Duchy have had a choice of more than ten public television channels since 1970, as they can receive those of neighbouring countries.
Like radio, television was for a long time limited to one broadcasting company, RTL, which produced its first programmes in 1955. The 45-minute television programme in Luxembourgish 'Hei Elei, Kuck Elei' was broadcast every Sunday from 1969 to 1991.
In 1991, a Government initiative replaced the Sunday broadcast by a daily live one-hour broadcast, repeated several times during the same evening.
Since then 'RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg' has evolved into a daily two-hour programme that is shown again in the evening. The flagship programme is a 30-minute news bulletin. Other programmes during the day include teleshopping, music for young people and children's programmes, produced by other subsidiaries of the RTL Group.
Several other television projects have come into being since the 1990s:
- 'Nordliicht TV', a regional programme devoted to the northern part of the Grand Duchy, produced since 1996;
- 'Uelzechtkanal', a programme produced by pupils at the Lycée de garçons, a secondary school in Esch-sur-Alzette since 1996;
- 'DOK - den oppene Kanal', a project started in 2004 as a platform for the broadcast of television programmes;
- 'Chamber TV' has been broadcasting live and recorded parliamentary debates from the Chamber of Deputies since 2001;
- since 2011, 'paperJam.TV' has been broadcasting a half-hour original programme from Mondays to Fridays, which includes reporting on economic and financial news;
Several television and radio programmes directed at other European countries are broadcast from the Grand Duchy. This is linked to the fact that the RTL Group broadcasting and multimedia company, which is a leader on the television scene in Europe, is based in the Grand Duchy.