Vodafone Deutschland taps Metrological for GigaTV apps

Vodafone Deutschland has chosen Metrological to deliver integrated apps and premium OTT TV content for its GigaTV advanced TV platform. According to Metrological, the agreement will give Vodafone customers access to a wide range of premium OTT TV services as well niche content and localised apps, integrated directly into the GigaTV UI, through the Metrological […]

Vodafone Deutschland integrates Spotify for mobile subs

Cable and mobile service provider Vodafone Deutschland has struck a partnership with music streaming outfit Spotify to enable its mobile subscribers to add Spotify’s premium service to their mobile packages for €9.99. Vodafone customers can sign up for Spotify via the MeinVodafone app and pay via their mobile bill or from pre-paid credit. The service […]

Sport1 secures eSport highlights from DFL

German sports broadcast outfit Sport1 has struck a deal with the German football league, the DFL, to offer highlights from the latter’s Virtual Bundesliga eSports competition on its platform. Coverage of the VBL club championship, playoffs and grand final will be aired on free sports channel Sport1 and new pay TV offering eSports1 as well […]

ProSiebenSat.1 to take majority control of Aroundhome

ProSiebenSat.1’s e-commerce arm NuCom Group has acquired a majority stake in German service finder site Aroundhome from General Atlantic and the company’s founders. NuCom which previously held a 42% stake in the outfit, has now upped this to 94% in a deal that gives Aroundhome an enterprise value of €140 million. The purchase means that […]

Bundesliga strikes Icelandic deal

The German Bundesliga has awarded local rights to Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 football matches for the nex three seasons until 2020-21 to Icelandic free-to-air broadcaster SportTV. The Bundesliga will be the broadcaster’s lead property, with its OTT and IPTV services become the home of Germany’s top-flight leagues in Iceland. The deal is the latest agreement […]

DAZN looking at live Bundesliga rights

Sports streaming outfit DAZN is planning to bid for live German Bundesliga rights for the 2021-25 seasons when these are assigned, provided the terms make economic sense, according to local press. Sportbild quoted DAZN German managing director Thomas de Buhr as saying that the streaming outfit was “interested” in live Bundesliga rights and would “look […]

Futuresource: German video market reached €9 billion in 2018

Subscriptions helped to grow German video entertainment spend 6% last year to €9 billion, making Germany the fifth largest video market in the world according to Futuresource stats. The research firm said that annual consumer spend in Germany is on course to exceed €10 billion by 2022, with a robust pay TV market, rapid progression […]

Deutsche Telekom deepens involvement in eSports

Deutsche Telekom is upping its involvement in eSports by organising a FIFA19 football tournament. Telekom is organising two qualification rounds, each featuring 128 online players competing on Sony PlayStation 4 game consoles. The final will take place as part of the Telekom Cup on January 13 at the Düsseldorf Merkur Spiel-Arena, which will feature teams […]

NetCologne and NetAachen kick off digital migration

Germany service provider NetCologne and its Aachen majority-owned joint venture NetAachen have kicked off the process of switching off analogue TV signals in their network. The digital switchover will mean that 265,000 homes in the Cologne area and the cities of Bonn, Leverkusen, Aachen, Düren, Düsseldorf, Remscheid and Neuss will no longer be able to […]

PŸUR moves forward with digital switchover plan

German cable operator PŸUR, also known as Tele Columbus, has now fully digitised its networks in Bavaria, Saxony and Bremen, covering 900,000 homes. PŸUR said that it had now completed the first phase of its digital switchover plan, with analogue services now no longer available on its networks in the three federal states. Digitisation of […]

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