FAQ Play Suisse
Why did SRG launch the Play Suisse streaming platform?
Play Suisse was born from our desire to give SRG’s rich and varied range of programmes and services a national dimension and make it available to audiences right across Switzerland. The platform allows users to access content of their choice from all four of Switzerland’s linguistic regions. The content on Play Suisse will be largely made up of programs produced in-house by SRG's enterprise units (RSI, RTR, RTS and SRF) and co-productions in which SRG participates under the Pacte de l’audiovisuel [Audiovisual Pact]. There will be a particular focus on documentaries and drama, including series and feature films.
Is any content exclusive to Play Suisse?
Generally speaking, Play Suisse provides content that is broadcast in parallel on our existing channels. Exceptionally, some content, such as co-produced festival coverage, will be made available exclusively on Play Suisse.
Is the content available in all of Switzerland’s official languages?
Yes. All content is available with the original sound and subtitles in German, French and Italian. Selected programs are also subtitled in Romansh. Programmes on the platform are also dubbed into multiple languages wherever possible.
What are the benefits of a Play Suisse account?
Play Suisse is designed to offer a wide range of Swiss-produced films, drama series, documentaries and features from all of Switzerland's linguistic regions, as well as the very best from the archives. All this content will be made available with the original sound and subtitles in three or four languages. Play Suisse aims to bring the best of all Switzerland’s regions together in one place, helping to build bridges between our different national cultures. The Play Suisse catalogue will provide users with access to a wide range of cultural, educational and current affairs programming, from Romansh-language productions like “Cuntrasts” to Italian-productions like “Storie” from the Ticino, “Temps présent” from the Suisse Romande and German-language educational programmes like “Einstein.” As the Play Suisse catalogue expands to cover an ever-wider range of subjects, users will gain access to a huge variety of programmes and series from other linguistic regions of Switzerland, many of which they will never have seen before. The programme also gives users personalised viewing recommendations to help them make the most of everything SRG has to offer, whenever, wherever and however they want.
How is the Play Suisse catalogue structured?
The catalogue is made up primarily of in-house productions by SRG's enterprise units (SRF, RTS, RSI and RTR) and co-productions in which SRG participates under the «Pacte de l’audiovisuel», most of which are drama series or feature films. Play Suisse will be focused on drama and documentary programming to which SRG holds all the relevant rights. The platform will also include a number of features and programmes SRG has worked on in collaboration with other broadcasters and producers. In identifying content for Play Suisse, SRG will take great care to ensure that programming from all of Switzerland's linguistic regions and all of the co-producers with which SRG cooperates is represented. This will help to make the full range of Switzerland's linguistic and cultural variety accessible via the platform.
What does Play Suisse cost?
Play Suisse is funded from SRG’s standard budget, which comes from SRG’s annual licence fee. That means it is available to users at no additional cost.
Are there any adverts on Play Suisse?
No. Play Suisse is ad-free, just like SRG’s other online services. However, some videos may carry sponsorship incorporated into the programme itself. Such sponsorship is strictly regulated. Play Suisse is legally required to highlight sponsorship in content on the platform; the same rules apply to the rest of SRG’s online presence.