Sky, ARD sets up ‘pioneering’ German drama

Sky Deutschland and ARD are two offour partners attached to a German-produced crime thriller series that is being described as a “milestione” is the creation of big-budget series from the territory. Babylon Berlin comes from Sky Deutschland, X-Filme, German pubcaster ARD and indie Beta Film. Based on books from Volker Kutscher, the high-end drama will […]

Amazon launches Fire TV in UK, Germany

Amazon is launching its web streaming set-top box Amazon Fire TV in Europe for the first time, rolling it in the UK and Germany. Customers in both countries will be able to order the device now, with boxes to start shipping in Germany on September 25 and in the UK on October 23. Fire TV […]

ARD launches ARD.connect for tablets and smartphones

German public broadcaster ARD has launched ARD.connect, an app for smartphones or tablets that allows viewers to search, retrieve and bookmark ARD programmes on TVs, using their devices to play ARD on-demand content and view additional information.  The app allows viewers to pair their tablets and smartphones with HbbTV-compliant devices.

Germany’s WDR looking to revive public service VoD plans

Germany’s WDR Media Group, an affiliate of public broadcaster ARD, is looking to revive plans to launch a VoD platform, after regulators blocked its joint Germany’s Gold initiative last year. In WDR’s recently published annual report, WDR’s managing director Michael Loeb said that “the idea of ​​a separate VoD platform with top quality content is […]

World Cup final sets German TV viewing record

Yesterday’s football World Cup final, which saw Germany triumph over Argentina, broke German viewing records with 34.65 million tuning into the match on public broadcaster ARD. According to figures released after the game, Germany’s 1-0 victory attracted a domestic audience share of 86.3%. The viewer number beats Germany’s previous TV audience record, set last week […]

Sky Deutschland partners with ARD for big budget drama

German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland is teaming up with public broadcaster ARD to collaborate on a period crime drama series, Babylon Berlin, that will be aired on Sky ahead of its free-to-air broadcast. ARD will reportedly contribute about €9 million of the total €25 million budget for the eight or 10-part series, with Sky […]

UPC Austria adding 11 HD services

Liberty Global-owned UPC Austria is adding 11 new HD channels o its line-up. The move takes the total number of HD services on the platform to 72, including Sky Deutschland’s premium service channels. From tomorrow, UPC Austria will add EinsFestival HD and ZDFinfo HD from German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF, the addition of which […]

ARD and ZDF return to Belgacom

Belgian operator Belgacom has re-added German channels ARD (Das Erste) and ZDF to its TV platform after reaching a new agreement with the public broadcasters. Belgacom controversially dropped the channels last year after failing to agree licensing terms with ARD and ZDF. At the time the channels accused Belgacom of not compromising, despite ARD and […]

German cable operators boost HD line-up

German cable operator Tele Columbus is to add three new public broadcaster HD channels to its line-up on December 5. The operator is adding MDR HD, RBB HD and HR HD to its roster of channels, taking the total number of ARD and ZDF HD services on offer to 16. Tele Columbus also offers17 commercial […]

Deutsche Telekom launches Entertain to Go

Deutsche Telekom has launched its multi-screen TV service Entertain to Go service, offering access to around 40 TV channels from PC, laptop and iPad. The service, which was first announced by the German operator last year, is priced at €4.95 per-month and gives access to content on a users’ home WiFi network. Entertain video library […]