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 […]

German Touring Car YouTube channels go live

The Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) racing series has launched YouTube channels that will broadcast full race highlights in Germany, and live-streams for people outside of the country.  DTM, which has a German TV deal with ARD to air the races domestically, has launched German and English DTM YouTube channels – the first will let viewers watch races […]

KDG restricts pubcaster availability in carriage fee dispute

Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has restricted the availability of public broadcast channels from ARD and ZDF on its network to the legally required minimum as a result of an ongoing dispute between German cable operators and the country’s pubcasters over carriage fees. From today, KDG will “align the bandwidth” of the public broadcasters’ services with those […]

ZDF holds firm on carriage fees as KDG takes legal action

German public broadcaster ZDF has reacted with equanimity to the threat of legal action by the country’s largest cable operator, Kabel Deutschland (KDG), to force public broadcasters to pay transmission fees to cable. Spokesman Alexander Stock said that ZDF was confident of its case, though it remained open to talks with the cable operator. The […]

German broadcasters threaten to leave cable networks

German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF are removing themselves from three of the country’s largest cable network in a row over carriage fees. The broadcasters are unhappy at the €60 million fee they currently pay operators to carry their channels, and will stop deals with Kabel Deutschland, Kabel BW and Unitymedia when current agreements run […]

ARD and ZDF plan Germany’s Gold VOD service

German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF are planning to launch an advertising-supported online video-on-demand service that will make archive content available to viewers. However, the service is unlikely to launch before the end of the year, according to the broadcasters. The pair have yet to decide on a final name for the service, currently dubbed […]

UEFA awards first Euro 2016 rights

European football governing body UEFA has awarded the first set of broadcasting right for the 2016 European Championships. UEFA has granted German broadcasters ARD and ZDF the rights to broadcast live coverage of all 51 matches in the tournament free-to-air. Guy-Laurent Epstein, marketing director of UEFA Events, said: “National team football is continuously enjoying massive […]

ARD criticises Cartel Office move on football highlights

German public broadcaster ARD has criticised the Federal Cartel Office’s decision on Friday to allow the German Football League (DFL) to adopt a model that could see free-to-air football highlights made available to internet service providers before broadcasters. The Bundeskartellamt approved a plan by the DFL to put free-to-air rights to tender from 2013-14, which […]

Cartel office probing ARD ZDF catch-up service

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office is probing the country’s public broadcaster’s plan to launch an online catch-up service. ARD and ZDF want to launch a video-on-demand catch-up platform under the Germany’s Gold moniker and the Cartel Office will assess whether it adversely impacts competition in this market segment. The same body has already investigated and blocked […]