Tele Columbus in wholesale deal with 1&1 Germany

German cable operator Tele Columbus has struck a new wholesale deal with alternative broadband provider 1&1 whereby the latter will have access to all home connected by Tele Columbus to market its services. Tele Columbus said the long-term partnership would ensure that it achieves higher network utilisation than previously. 1&1 services will be accessible over […]

Schmitter joins RTL Deutschland board with combined brands and content remit

Stephan Schmitter, currently chief journalistic content officer at RTL Deutschland, has been appointed to the Management Board of RTL Deutschland. As managing director of programming, he will take on responsibility for all content (entertainment, journalistic content, fiction, sports, RTL Studios productions) and brands from RTL Deutschland. RTL said that by bundling content and brands, “the […]

ProSiebenSat.1 reports revenue decline, shuts down Sky Deutschland rumours

German media group ProSiebenSat1’s revenues for Q3 2022 were down by 9% to €920 million in what the company called an “increasingly difficult economic environment”. Company CFO Ralf Peter Gierig heralded the importance of digital platform Joyn but used the occasion of the results release to dismiss recent rumours that the company might acquire PayTV […]

Sky Austria MD upped to Sky Deutschland commercial chief

Sky Austria managing director Neal O’Rourke is to become Sky Deutschland’s chief commercial officer in addition to his existing role. As CCO, O’Rourke will take charge of Sky Deutschland’s customer strategy and its implementation across the German-speaking markets. O’Rourke succeeds Kathryn Imrie, who is leaving the company and returning to the UK for family reasons. […]

Deutsche Telekom TV base sees modest growth in Q3

Deutsche Telekom saw modest growth in its TV base in the third quarter. The telco had 4.071 million TV customers in Germany, up 0.8% or 32,000 subs on the second quarter, while rest-of-Europe subscribers also increased by 32,000 to 4.099 million. Year-on-year, TV customers in Germany were up 2.6% up, while in the rest of […]

ProSiebenSat.1 unites production subsidiaries

Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 Group is restructuring its business to bring its eight production companies and global distributor Red Arrow Studios International under the umbrella of the newly established Seven.One Studios. The move comes following the launch of German prodcos Cheerio Entertainment and Flat White Productions in the past year, as well as the sale of Red Arrow Studio’s US […]

RTL+ streaming subs up by over half as Telekom partnership pays off

European broadcast outfit RTL Group has seen the paid subscribers to its German streaming service RTL+ jump by 53.8% in the year to September, landing at 3.675 million, thanks in large part to the bundling of the RTL+ Premium offering with Deutsche Telekom’s Magenta TV offering. Growth in RTL+’s base and increased revenues from production […]

MFE ups ProSiebenSat.1 stake close to mandatory buyout threshold

MediaForEurope (MFE), the Dutch-based holding group of Italy’s Mediaset and its stake in Mediaset España, has upped its stake in German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 by a further 4%, taking its total to 29%, with 29.9% of the voting rights. The move means that MFE’s stake in ProSiebenSat.1 is now just below the 30% threshold that would […]

ProSiebenSat.1 ‘may be more tempted’ by MFE plan as it downgrades guidance

ProSiebenSat.1 could be tempted to look again at MediaForEurope’s proposals for the creation of a pan-European broadcast group after downgrading its guidance for the full year on weaker-than-expected advertising revenue, according to analysts from Berenberg. According to the analysts, ProSiebenSat.1’s appointment of a new CEO, Bert Habets, who will replace former CEO Rainer Beaujean as […]

ProSiebenSat.1 provides update as ad revenues in DACH take turn for the worst

German media giant ProSiebenSat.1 Group has provided a market update in response to worsening market conditions. Although its Q3 results are not due until November 15, the company warned that “persistently high inflation, the energy price crisis and the resulting reluctance to consume are impacting growth prospects”. In its update, the company said it has […]

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