Discovery keeps Bundesliga games, obtains injunction against Sky ads

Discovery has secured a provisional injunction against Sky in Germany over the pay TV operator advertising that it would make all of the matches from the forthcoming Bundesliga football season available to subscribers, despite some games only being available on Eurosport. News of the injunction, first reported by German news site DWDL.de, came as Discovery […]

Teleclub secures Bundesliga rights in Discovery deal

Swiss pay TV service Teleclub is to become the exclusive distributor in Switzerland and Liechtenstein for Bundlesliga rights held by Discovery. Teleclub and Discovery have extended their existing long-term partnership by adding exclusive broadcasting rights for the Bundesliga to their agreement. All Bundesliga games for the 2017-18 season included in the specific rights package Eurosport […]

Sky Deutschland to launch 4K UHD box and sports channels

Sky Deutschland is to launch a new 4K Ultra HD set-top and channels in the autumn. The Sky+ Pro box will be rolled out along with the launch of two exclusive UHD TV channels – Sky Sport Bunedesliga UHD and Sky Sport UHD. The Bundesliga channel will provide highlights of German top-tier football in UHD, […]

Perform Group to launch sports OTT service in Germany

UK-based sports rights specialist Perform Group is to launch an OTT sports subscription service in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, centred on its recent acquisition of web rights to highlights of Bundesliga football matches. The service DAZN, is expected to launch this summer. In addition to German football, the service will include coverage of international football […]

Eurosport enters premium sports with Bundesliga deal

Eurosport has made its first significant move for premium football rights, securing a tranche of games from the top German Bundesliga championship. The Discovery-owned sport channel secured the German rights to Bundesliga games as part of a multi-billion auction for the German football rights, spanning 2017-2021, which saw pay TV heavyweight Sky secure the largest […]

Bundesliga rights value set to rocket, says Ampere

The value of German Bundelsliga football rights is set to rocket to between €3.6 billion and €4.4 billion in the upcoming rights auction, placing a heavier financial burden on pay TV leader Sky, according to Ampere Analysis. While the value of Bundesliga rights has until now trailed well behind deals secured for English Premier League […]

Sky Germany secures DFB Cup rights

Sky in Germany has secured the rights to broadcast all matches from the DFB Cup football competition live for the three seasons from 2016-17. Sky won the rights to air all 63 games from the competition and secured rights spanning cable, satellite, IPTV, the internet and mobile platforms. In addition to the live broadcast rights, […]

Sky Germany to lose exclusive grip on Bundesliga live rights

Sky in Germany is set to lose its exclusive grip on Bundesliga football rights after the Federal competition regulator, the Bundeskartellamt, ruled that the German Football League (DFL) must sell the next set of TV rights to more than one buyer. The Bundeskartellamt approved a new selling structure proposed by the DFL on condition that […]

Deutsche Telekom aims to be ‘content aggregator’ with new TV platform

Deutsche Telekom wants to be a “content aggregator” rather than an exclusive media rights-holder and will use its forthcoming launch of a new TV platform to support its aggregator strategy, according to CEO Timothy Hoettges, speaking to analysts after the company reported quarterly earnings at the end of last week. Hoettges said that Telekom’s main […]

Vodafone Deutschland in Bundesliga deal

Vodafone Deutschland has struck a deal with Sky to provide the latter’s Bundesliga offering to its subscribers. The deal will enable Vodafone customer in Germany to view all 612 Bundesliga first and second division games live. The Sky Bundesliga offering will be available for €19.99 in a package that also includes the Sky Welt package […]