RTL completes sale of stake as BroadbandTV launches IPO

RTL Group has completed the sale of its entire shareholding in Vancouver-based YouTube multichannel network BroadbandTV to BBTV Holdings Inc., for €102 million.   RTL said its exit from Broadband TV was consistent with its three-priority strategy of ‘core, growth, alliances and partnerships’, which includes continuously reviewing its portfolio and growing its European digital assets […]

RTL combines assets to create ‘Europe’s leading digital studio’

RTL Group is combining key digital assets to create what it describes as “Europe’s leading digital studio and home for digital content creators”. The Luxembourg-based international broadcast outfit has unveiled plans to combine its digital video business in the Nordics, United Screens, with Divimove, its Berlin-based digital video company. RTL also plans to integrate the […]

BBTV enlisted by PBS for YouTube content management

BroadbandTV (BBTV) has partnered with US public broadcaster PBS to manage fan-uploaded content on YouTube for shows like Nova, Frontline, and Nature, as well as PBS Kids series. BBTV’s professional services team uses a proprietary service that detects, tracks and measures fan activity associated with premium content and puts the rights owners back in control […]

Digital unit provides big boost for RTL

Digital revenues boosted RTL’s revenue performance significantly in the second half, with the German broadcaster also seeing solid growth from production arm FremantleMedia and its domestic German and French broadcasting operations. However, RTL’s EBITDA was pushed down by the phase out of M6’s mobile contract in France and lower advertising revenue in the Dutch market. […]

RTL ‘committed to digital’ as revenues surge

RTL Group remains committed to a digital expansion strategy despite uncertainty over the future of multichannel network BroadbandTV and expects digital to account for at least 15% of overall revenues within the next three to five years, according to co-CEOs Anke Schäferkordt and Guillaume de Posch. The affirmation came as the Luxembourg-based media group reported […]

RTL looking at ‘all strategic alternatives’ for BroadbandTV

RTL Group will not exercise its call option to acquire the 49% of YouTube multichannel network BroadbandTV that it does not already own, and has decided to explore “all strategic alternatives” for the company together with minority shareholders. The shareholders have hired boutique investment advisor outfit Liontree to lead the process. An RTL spokesman told DTVE […]

Amazon taps major TV networks for Streaming Partners scheme

Amazon has teamed up with major TV networks and content makers like Showtime, Starz and AMC to offer partner subscriptions to Amazon Prime customers. Amazon confirmed its much-rumoured, US-based Streaming Partners Program scheme yesterday with a host of partners that also included A+E Network, DramaFever, Curiosity Stream, Smithsonian and BroadbandTV. The over-the-top streaming program will […]

Digital and German ad market boosts RTL Group

Broadcaster RTL Group benefited from a strong performance from its core German advertising-driven business and fast-growing digital unit in the third quarter to deliver revenue growth of 7.5% to €1.853 billion. Among RTL’s digital properties, MCNs BroadbandTV and StyleHaul saw revenue growth of 85% and 98% respectively, while SpotX was up 62%. RTL said that […]

BroadbandTV looking to create “next Disney”

BroadbandTV, the MCN owned by RTL Group, wants to build on its acquisition of YoBoHo, the outfit behind YouTube kids channel HooplaKidz, to create “the next Disney”, according to Shahrzad Rafati, founder and CEO of BroadbandTV. Speaking at the MIPCOM programming market this morning, Rafati said that international expansion is a big part of BroadbandTV’s […]

RTL’s BroadbandTV teams up with BMG for music

Multichannel network BroadbandTV is to partner with Bertelsmann stablemate music publisher BMG on an initiative to push the emerging artists to YouTube and digital audiences. The two firms have created Windfall, which they say is “a model set for the digital age, providing an end-to-end solution to find, develop, and service artists across all platforms”. […]