1&1 taps Zattoo and Rakuten TV to launch movie VOD service

German telco 1& has launched a streaming video-on-demand service, 1&1 Cinema in partnership with Zattoo and Rakuten TV. 1&1’s broadband customers can use the 1&1 Cinema to watch free content as well as premium content for rental or purchase. TV-as-a-Service platform provider Zattoo has integrated Rakuten TV’s TVoD offering into its Zattoo-developed white label TV platform for […]

Tele Columbus strikes new fibre deal with Berlin housing cooperative

German cable operator Tele Columbus Group has struck an agreement with housing association the Berliner Wohnungs-Verein zu Berlin eG to provide fibre connections to 8,000 of the cooperative’s households from 2024. Tele Columbus will also continue to supply all households with TV, Internet and telephone from the PŸUR brand as a result of an offer […]

Tele Columbus launches new hybrid Android TV service for cable

German cable operator Tele Columbus is launching a new TV and streaming platform under its PŸUR brand using a hybrid Android TV-based set-top box. Telel Columbus says that its PŸUR TV HD offering combines live TV and on-demand, with an intuitive user interface and the maximum possible flexibility. In addition to integrating live and on-demand […]

Berlusconi: ProSiebenSat.1 should focus on core business

ProSiebenSat.1 should consider disposing of its digital and e-commerce businesses to focus on its core TV and entertainment offerings, according to Pier Silvio Berlusconi. Berlusconi, CEO of MediaForEurope (MFE), the German broadcaster’s biggest shareholder, told a press briefing last week that ProSiebenSat.1 faced difficult circumstances because of Germany’s highly challenged advertising market, but that it […]

Zattoo targets German housing market as end of collective contracts approaches

German-language area streamer and technology company Zattoo is targeting the German housing association market that will be opened up next year when associations are forbidden from bundling TV services from a single provider in with rental costs. Zattoo is launching Zattoo Smart HD, a new offering for €6.49 a month, with access to 160 TV […]

Tele Columbus taps for EPG data for new TV service

German cable operator Tele Columbus, which markets services under the PŸUR brand, has tapped metadata specialist to provide technology to enhance its new flagship TV service. Tele Columbus’ service will integrate EPG data, providing viewers with what describes as a comprehensive and user-friendly guide. Additionally, third-party application integrations will enable users to access […]

Battle for fibre connectivity in Germany heats up

The battle for fibre connectivity in Germany is heating up with the announcement of two outline agreements between the country’s leading housing organisation and Vodafone and Tele Columbus and the separate announcement by Deutsche Telekom that it has achieved the milestone of seven million fibre homes passed. The Federal Association of German Housing and Real […]

HD+ launches new version of TV app

German satellite TV platform HD+ has launched a new HD+ TV app to improve the performance of hybrid reception of services, enabling satellite TV users to switch to on-demand with features including pause live TV, restart and access to media libraries. The outfit says that the ‘heavily revised’ app with a clear, intuitive UI. The […]

StudioCanal and M7 expand ArtHaus+ streamer availability

Canal+-owned production arm StudioCanal has expanded its streaming offering by making its StudioCanal Presents: ArtHaus+ streamer available as a standalone app for smart TVs, mobile devices and the web. The ad-free offering is available in Germany for €3.99 a month with no contract at the website. Users can try out the service for seven […]

Tele Columbus secures equity injection

German cable operator Tele Columbus has secured an equity injection from main shareholder Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners to the tune of €300 million and has secured an agreement with its major creditors to provide €1.1 billion worth of financing at par until 2028. Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners will provide €300 million of equity including shareholder […]

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