Germany


Liberty Global and Vodafone reportedly close to finalising deal

Talks between Liberty Global and Vodafone over the transfer of assets in Germany and central Europe to the latter are in the final stages and a deal could be agreed in the next two weeks, according to the Financial Times. According to the FT, citing unnamed sources, Vodafone is closing in on the elusive deal […]

Sky reports 10% earnings increase despite ‘challenging environment’

Sky reported a 10% increase in earnings for the nine months to March 31, despite what CEO Jeremy Darroch described as a “challenging consumer environment”. Announcing results for the first nine months of its financial year, Sky said that earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) came to £1.7 billion (€2 billion) – up […]

Netflix unveils raft of European originals

Netflix is set to launch a new string of European originals including a Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) football drama and its first Dutch original. The Fellowes drama will see Netflix and London and LA-based prodco 42 look at football from a class perspective, featuring both Etonians and factory workers alike. For its first Dutch series, […]

Sky Deutschland to launch Sky Q in May

Sky Deutschland is to launch the advanced Sky Q service in May, offering the full range of features that have been available to viewers in the UK and Italy, including personalised TV, UHD TV, startover and auto-play. From next month, Sky Q will be available to the pay TV operator’s subscribers in Germany and Austria, […]

Kagan: Amazon Prime leads Netflix in Germany and Austria

Amazon Prime Video is the leading SVOD provider in Germany and Austria, the only markets in Western Europe where Netflix is not ranked first by subscriber numbers, according to Kagan research. The S&P Global Market Intelligence research group found both Germany and Austria to have have low over-the-top video adoption than elsewhere in Europe and […]

Alchimie launches Okidoki kids channel on Amazon in Germany

Distribution company Alchimie has launched its Okidoki bouquet of children’s content in Germany and Austria as part of Amazon’s Prime Video Channels line-up. The ad-free channel will feature more than 1,000 episodes of  over-the-top content which will be available to German-speaking children for €4.99 per-month. Okidoki will feature a curated mix of animation, live action […]

Sky Deutschland to air 25 World Cup matches in UHD TV

Sky Deutschland is to broadcast the top match of each match- day from the forthcoming football World Cup in Russia in Ultra HD. Sky said it would broadcast 25 matches in the format in total, including all matches involving the German national team, both semi-finals and the final of the competition. Sky has struck an […]

Vodafone Deutschland ends carriage dispute with ZDF

Vodafone Deutschland has ended its carriage terms dispute with ZDF and has struck a long-term distribution partnership with the public broadcaster. Vodafone and ZDF have been engaged in a long-running legal dispute, with litigation ongoing since 2012. According to the pair, the latest agreement sees that litigation “amicably settled by both parties”. The pair said […]

Tele Columbus hit by higher than expected integration costs

German cable operator Tele Columbus – now operating under the PŸUR brand, was hit by delayed synergies from its acquisition of Primacom and Pepcom and higher than expected integration costs last year, but nevertheless posted higher revenue and EBITDA for the full year. Tele Columbus said it was unable to meet all its goals given […]

Parrot Analytics: Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Stranger Things top German in-demand list

Netflix enjoyed a clean sweep in Parrot Analytics’ latest assessment of in-demand digital originals in Germany, topped by Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Stranger Things. Parrot Analytics analyses the demand for recent popular digital titles across international markets, based on the application of artificial intelligence to expressions of demand across social media, fan sites, peer-to-peer protocols […]

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