Germany


Kublai completes Tele Columbus takeover

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners’ investment vehicle Kublai GmbH has completed its takeover of German cable operator Tele Columbus following the EC granting regulatory approval a week ago. With major shareholder United Internet contributing its stake, Kublai now holds a 91.96% stake in Tele Columbus. Kublai has said it will appoint new members of the company’s […]

Germany’s Bild launches TV channel

Germany’s leading tabloid news title Bild, owned by Axel Springer, is to launch its own TV channel. Bild plans to start broadcasting its own TV channel before the upcoming Federal election, this year’s biggest news event in Germany. The core of the channel’s schedule will be a live programme of up to six hours daily, […]

Disney+ now on Sky Q in Germany

Streaming service Disney+ is now available on Sky Q devices from Sky Deutschland. The German arm of the Comcast-owned pay TV operator also plans to launch the streamer’s app on the Sky Ticket TV Stick, which enables viewers to watch its OTT offering. The move will give Sky Q users access via their remote control […]

Vodafone Deutschland set to lose subs as end of mandatory housing contracts looms

Vodafone Deutschland is likely to lose about two million basic cable subscribers and around €400 million in revenue if planned legislative changes affecting the supply of services to housing associations are implemented, according to an analysis by Jefferies. According to the analysts, the changes, which would end the current practice whereby housing associations bundle the […]

Tele Columbus holds steady but TV numbers continue to decline

German cable operator Tele Columbus turned in a respectably solid fourth quarter, with revenues down marginally by 0.9% to €121.6 million, but with an increase in broadband and phone customers only partially offsetting an ongoing decline in the company’s cable TV base. Tele Columbus, which operates under the Pÿur brand, saw its broadband base rise […]

Tele Columbus shareholders approve capital increase

Shareholders in German cable operator Tele Columbus have approved a new share rights issue that will raise €475 million. The capital increase has been guaranteed by Morgan Stanley Infrastructure vehicle Kublai as part of the latter’s move to take over the company. The issue was approved at an extraordinary general meeting today. The move follows […]

Tele Columbus first with Fritz!

Tele Columbus has become the first German cable operator to offer the Fritz! 6660 Box router to its customers. Tele Columbus is making the box available to existing bundled customers free of charge, while those with an internet-only subscription can acquire it for €3 a month. The box is compatible with the DOCSIS 3.0 and […]

Jeremy Darroch to step down as Sky CEO

Jeremy Darroch is to step down as group CEO of Sky after 13 years leading the company, with Comcast Cable and former Virgin Media executive Dana Strong replacing him. Darroch, the longest serving CEO in Sky’s three-decade history, will continue to serve as executive chairman through 2021 to ensure a smooth transition and will then […]

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners moves to take over Tele Columbus

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners and United Internet will this month move to take control of German cable operator Tele Columbus – which operates under the PŸUR brand – via a voluntary public offer of €3.25 a share. The offer represents a 37.5% premium on Tele Columbus’s average share price over the three months prior to […]

Vodafone Deutschland offering GigaTV on Apple TV

Vodafone Deutschland has begun providing its TV service, GigaTV, along with Apple’s premium entertainment device, the Apple TV 4K.  New and existing customers will receive Apple TV 4K on loan during their contract period directly from Vodafone. Vodafone customers will also be able to use Apple’s single sign-on process on the iPhone, iPad or Apple […]

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