German satellite channel Tele 5 have pulled a Christmas cracker.
They're planning to bring in the new year with nearly 7 hours of non-stop Jonas Kaufmann, starting at 23:15 CET.
His Zurich Opera Tosca and Carmen will be shown in full, in HD, and without breaks, together with the first and last act of the Met's Faust. In between we're promised an interview, a serenade and "musical surprises".
I'm not sure if/how you can get hold of this outside Germany, so any ideas are welcome.
Thanks to reader Michael for the following technical details about Tele 5 access in the UK:
Tele 5 Deutschland is available, free to air in standard definition only, on the 19.2 E Astra 1M satellite. This satellite carries nearly all the German TV channels including ARTE. In the UK a 60 cm dish pointing in the right direction is usually sufficient. Technical details for Tele 5 Deutschland are: frequency 12480, vertical polarisation, SR 27500, FEC 3/4. There is also Tele 5 Austria in standard definition on the same satellite at 11244, horizontal polarisation SR 22000 FEC 5/6.
The HD channels for Tele 5 are encrypted and require a viewer card from the likes of Sky Germany.
In general, if you are unsure how to get a particular German satellite TV channel, the place to look is http://www.lyngsat.com/Astra-1KR-1L-1M-2C.html . For the German TV programs themselves I find the best information portal is http://www.tvtv.de/tvtv/index.vm?lang=de .