From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Sat.1 is a privately owned German television broadcasting station, operated under the ProSeibenSat.1 Media company. Sat.1 was the first privately owned television broadcasting station in Germany, having started one day before RTL. It started in January 1984 as PKS, initially a joint venture of various publishing houses, and was renamed to Sat.1 in January 1985. The first broadcast could only be seen by roughly 1200 households who owned cable access in the city of Ludwigshafen. Early programs included old films, mainly from the archives of KirchMedia, American hit series and game shows. Later, the station acquired a name for its original series and TV films.


ID (1984-1985)

Visuals: On a space background, a "P" draws in and a red line appears, but after it draws that, it draws a circle connected to it. Then after they draw that, they go down next to the line of the "P", then they draw at the right bottom. When they do that, there are lines under the circle appearing. "PKS" then zooms in. Then on the top of the red line is a color-changing thing.

Technique: Pretty bad for 1984, but since it was just starting up as a small channel, it ain't half bad. However, some will find the red line unnecessary; worse if you mind the color-changing top.

Audio: A catchy synth tune.


1st Logo (1985-1986)

Visuals: On a navy blue background, 2 copies of a multicolored circle (both made of 16 shards arranged in a circular pattern, with the smaller hole being off center) emerge and spin from the top of the screen. 2 more copies emerge from the bottom and spin around all at once before merging into a single copy. It then slowly fades to a ghostly white as "SAT 1" writes in above the logo.

Technique: Very choppy animation of the circles spinning.

Audio: A rock tune with a calming instrument.

2nd Logo (1986-1989)

Visuals: Unknown.

Technique: Unknown.

Audio: Unknown.

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