Germany


Sky Deutschland revamps offering to ‘enhance flexibility’

Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has redesigned its programme packages and revamped its pricing structure to give what it described as more flexibility, choice and inclusivity to customers. For the first time, Sky customers can now choose to opt for a monthly subscription for an additional charge. The offer is open to new customers while […]

Vodafone Deutschland teams up with Discovery for UHD TV

Vodafone Deutschland has expanded its partnership with Discovery to include UHD on-demand content ahead of the latter’s planned launch of a European UHD TV channel. The service provider’s customers will be able to access UHD content as part of the video-on-demand offering of Discovery Channel such as Beckenbauer – Pools der Superlative and Great White […]

Bundesliga taps AWS for new features as season restarts

Germany’s Bundesliga has tapped Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide real-time game analysis and match facts for the resumption of matches following the coronavirus lockdown in the country. AWS will provide its services for the highlight match at 18:30 CET featuring Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Muenchen on broadcast television in over 200 countries. AWS will deliver two […]

Tele Columbus off to ‘solid start’ but TV numbers decline

The coronavirus crisis had “no impact” on German cable operator Tele Columbus’s first quarter results, according to the company, which has maintained its guidance for the year after what it described as a “solid start”. The operator’s core revenues of €115 million were flat year-on-year, but EBITDA jumped by 17% to €55.5 million due to […]

IFA 2020 to go ahead as invite-only ‘special edition’

Days after leading industry show IBC was cancelled, IFA has said that it will go ahead in a limited form. Having taken early measures to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Germany has started to reopen parts of the country – including the Bundesliga which made its return this weekend. The announcement comes almost […]

Millions tune in for Bundesliga comeback

The Bundesliga made its comeback last weekend after a 66-day hiatus to positive viewing figures for Sky Deutschland and the league’s international broadcasters. Becoming the first major European football league to make its return amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Sky Deutschland said that a combined 3.81 million viewers tuned in on its linear channels and […]

Pluto TV expands German-speaking market offering

ViacomCBS AVOD service Pluto TV has expanded its offering in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland by launching 24 new channels. Having launched this year with a line-up of 45 live channels, Pluto TV now deliver 75 channels in these three markets. The outfit is launching a marketing campaign across television and digital outlets in Germany, Switzerland […]

Mediaset hit by coronavirus in Q1

Mediaset saw its revenues hit by the Italian and Spanish markets’ exposure to the coronavirus crisis in the quarter to March. The broadcaster posted sales of €682.1 million, down from €718.2 million for the same period last year. Revenues in Italy fell from €492.1 million to €452.4 million. Mediaset said that revenues in both markets […]

Vodafone sees German TV base fall but recovers ground in Spain

Vodafone saw its overall TV base decline by 245,000 in the year to March, which the company said primarily reflected the loss of lower ARPU basic subscribers in its German Kabel Deutschland footprint, as well as some customers of the former Unitymedia. Despite the losses over the full year, Vodafone added 41,000 TV customers in […]

KKR takes stake in ‘undervalued’ ProSiebenSat.1

Private equity outfit KKR has revealed that it has acquired a 5.2% stake in German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1, causing the German firm’s shares to rise on the Frankfurt stock exchange. KKR told Reuters that it had decided to invest in the broadcaster because it believes that the market is undervaluing the company. It said that […]

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