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Netflix overtakes ARD to become the second largest TV group in Europe

Netflix is now the second largest TV group in Europe, with no ceiling in sight for the streaming service. According to a report from Ampere Analysis, Netflix is now second only to Comcast in terms of 2020 revenue. Comcast, which owns and operates Sky Group, still is the clear leader and accounted for 12% of […]

Germany’s Institut für Rundfunktechnik to shut down

Germany’s Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT), the research and development outfit set up by public broadcast organisations, is to close after shareholders failed “to find a viable model” to keep it going. The organisation said that “despite the most intense efforts, it has not been possible to develop a resilient economic base to develop a future […]

Bavarian Broadcasting DG to take over as ARD chair

The director general of Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation), Ulrich Wilhem, will take over as the next chairman of public broadcast body ARD in 2018. Wilhelm will take over from Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (Central German Broadcasting) director and current ARD chairman Karola Wille, who will take the deputy role from next year. The move comes as Bayerischer Rundfunk takes […]

Discovery to sub-license Olympics to German pubcasters

Discovery’s Eurosport is to sub-license its rights to the Olympic Games in Germany to public broadcasters ARD and ZDF. Eurosport, ARD and ZDF will air live coverage and highlight packages of the games up until 2024. The partnership will cover four Olympic Games, giving German spectators access to free-to-air coverage as well as more extensive […]

German pubcasters fail to secure Olympics deal with Discovery

German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF have failed to secure a deal with Discovery to air coverage of the Olympic Games from 2018-2024. Discovery will make coverage of the games available free-to-view on its Eurosport channel. The broadcaster said that its Eurosport 1 channel in Germany would offer the country “every moment of national importance” on […]

Sky Deutschland adds ARD content to Sky Box OTT on-demand service

Sky Deutschland has struck a deal with German public broadcaster ARD enabling Sky customers to gain access to ARD on-demand programming via the Sky TV box, the pay TV operator’s Roku-based OTT device. ARD will make programmes from flagship channel Das Erste and music and events-focused channel One, formerly EinsFestival, available on-demand to Sky customers. […]

ARD and ZDF roll out youth service Funk

German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF are launching a new youth-targeted service called Funk on October 1. The Funk app and website will publish series and videos aimed at 14 to 29 year-olds. It will also publish content to YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and other social platforms.

Unitymedia adds five new channels

Liberty Global-owned German cable operator Unitymedia is adding five new TV channels to its programming line-up. The new services are ARD and ZDF-owned factual channel Phoenix HD, kids channel KiKA HD, entertainment channel Universal Channel HD, Asian channel Zee TV and Germany’s channel for refugees living in the country, Handshake2Deutschland. All the new channels are […]

Kabel Deutschland suffers reverse in battle with pubcaster

A Munich court has ruled that Vodafone-owned German cable operator Kabel Deutschland must continue to broadcast public educational channel ARD-alpha in analogue in its Bavarian network, following legal action by ARD Bavarian affiliate Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR). Kabel Deutschland had tried to remove the channel, formerly BR-alpha, from its line-up as part of its campaign to […]

Kabel Deutschland in fresh move on pubcaster fees

Vodafone-controlled German cable operator Kabel Deutschland is to take legal action to force public broadcasters ARD and ZDF to pay for carriage of their channels on its platform in the German Federal Court, the Bundesgerichtshof, according to local reports. The case, to be heard on March 3, is the latest move by the cable operator […]

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