Germany


RTL withdraws outlook for 2020 over coronavirus fears

Pan-European broadcaster RTL Group has withdrawn its outlook for 2020 and dividend proposal for 2019 as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The broadcaster said that its TV channels, radio stations, streaming services and websites are currently registering significantly higher reach and usage and pointed to its low levels of debt and access to credit […]

Vodafone Deutschland extends CEO mandate

Vodafone Deutschland’s supervisory board has extended the mandate of CEO Hannes Ametsreiter by three years. The extension comes ahead of schedule. Ametsreiter has been CEO of Vodafone Deutschland since October 2015, and is currently nearing the end of his second term, as mandated by the board. The latest extension extendshis mandate September 2024. Vodafone said that […]

Tele Columbus/PŸUR posts solid results but TV numbers slide

German cable operator Tele Columbus, which operates under the PŸUR brand, has posted solid Q4 and full-year 2019 results, with revenues up 2.4% for the final quarter to €129.7 million and EBITDA up 21.1% to €56.8 million. The results meant that Tele Columbus has met all of its financial guidance metrics for the full year. […]

Mediaset buys up more of ProSiebenSat.1 fuelling merger speculation

Mediaset has effectively doubled its stake in German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 since last year with a fresh acquisition of shares by its Spanish unit, fuelling speculation about its intentions and the possibility of a takeover bid. The Italian media company announced yesterday that Mediaset España, its Spanish unit with which it plans to merge under […]

ProSiebenSat.1 pulls Red Arrow sale as Coronavirus crisis intensifies

German media giant ProSiebenSat.1 has pulled the potential sale of production and distribution arm Red Arrow Studios amid what it has termed a “Coronavirus crisis environment”, our sister title TBI has learned. The German company triggered a strategic review of Red Arrow in September, prompting a number of companies including Sony Pictures Television, AMC and All3Media […]

M7 Deutschland supplying UHD TV channels to BrightBlue

Canal+-owned channel provider M7 Deutschland has begun providing three UHD TV services to BrightBlue, the white label IPTV service provider launched by fibre network provider Deutsche Glasfaser in 2018 that serves a number of partners across the country. M7 Deutschland is providing Insight TV UHD, Fashion 4K and Love Nature 4K, which it hadded to […]

ProSiebenSat.1 expands online dating presence with The Meet Group acquisition

German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 and General Atlantic, the joint owner of ProSiebenSat.1’s ecommerce arm NuCom, have agreed to acquire US online dating and social entertainment provider The Meet Group. ProSiebenSat.1, which has invested heavily in ecommerce and online dating as part of a drive to diversify away from a declining linear TV advertising business, said […]

Deutsche Telekom sees TV numbers grow in ‘most successful year’ ever

Deutsche Telekom saw 74,000 customers in its domestic German market sign up for its MagentaTV service in the fourth quarter of last year, taking the company’s domestic TV total base to 3.6 million, up 7.9% year-on-year. By comparison, the telco’s overall broadband base was up 1.2% to 13.73 million. Its fibre broadband subscriber number was […]

Bertelsmann’s Rabe raises possibility of RTL-ProSiebenSat.1 merger

Bertelsmann and RTL boss Thomas Rabe has called for looser regulation that would permit a merger of Germany’s leading commercial broadcasters – RTL Group and ProSiebenSat.1 – in the face of competition from global media and tech giants. Interviewed by German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung on Sunday, Rabe said that it was “extremely important” that […]

German operators take legal action against Liberty Global-Vodafone approval

German regional network operator NetCologne has confirmed it is taking legal action to challenge EU approval of Vodafone’s acquisition of Unitymedia from Liberty Global, after European Court of Justice officials told German press that it, together with Deutsche Telekom and Tele Columbus had filed complaints about the decision.   The Cologne-based operator said that the […]

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