This is really just some random posting of stuff about foreign channels you got with your cable and where applicable satellite.
We'll start with the most infamous, the German channels everyone remembers these because they had softcore porno at 10pm on a Saturday.
There were two channels you had on cable and an extra one if you had satellite. These were of course, Sat 1, 3Sat and RTL (satellite only).
3Sat was mostly like BBC4, concentrated highbrow programming on the arts and architecture, when you are a teen these came across as unutterably dull. Even worse than that the channel was located on channel 21, sandwiched between MTV and Nickelodeon. It therefore never stood a chance.
RTL. You only got this on Satellite and analogue satellite at that. As a consequence I only really saw this when staying over at my aunts. The only thing I can remember seeing on there was a dubbed Captain Tsubasa (probably as Campeones or the German equivalent) and the Megaman cartoon, (both of which never made it to the UK). Its British equivalent would be a non shit ITV.
Sat1. German equivalent to Channel 5 and yes all anyone remembers from this is the porno.
They did other things such as a general sing along a good 15 years before the BBC decided that was all that people needed on a Saturday night. Oh and Man Oh Man, where a woman pushes a guy in a swimming pool before a crowd of screaming women. The English version contained Chris Tarrant long before Millionaire payed his pension cheques for life. And yes it was sexist shit.
Ok we've put this off for as long as I can. Pornwise they showed a lot of 70's softcore stuff, Largely Schulmadchen report and Elf Tag Elf Nacht with Sarah Asproon, though at one time it was Carry on Emmanuelle with Kenneth Williams, which was a major disappointment, we are not Jacking off to Babs Windsor not then and certainly not now. Oh and Electric Blue, which was the first ever place I ever saw Custers Revenge for the Atari 2600.
Memory is telling me that they also had Amanda Lamb singing and dancing under a strip light for some unknown reason. Of course its not the A Place In The Sun star but Amanda Lear, though if Channel 4 ever do Children in need I'll pledge £5 for the privelige especially if they get Kirstie Alsopp in rubber (though to be fair I don't actually have a fetish for rubber) and Phil in short leather pants for the Girls / Gays.
Custers Revenge was part of a special on erotic games, seeing as every Electric Blue was shot in the 1980s we sincerely believed that they were released for ZX Spectrum. We had a VCS at the time and couldn't quite believe that they would release porn for it. Only looking at EGM later in a big Seanbaby article on crap games, there was Custers revenge along with a handful of other shit porn games for VCS. Would love to see this again as due to limits of VCS programming Custers penis was detachable.