New chair for ProSiebenSat.1, Beaujean becomes CEO, Habets joins supervisory board

Andreas Wiele is to succeed Werner Brandt as chairman of the supervisory board of German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 when the latter departs next May. Rainer Beaujean, chairman of the company’s executive board is meanwhile to become CEO with a new five-year contract. Brandt, 67, decided not to stand for re-election at the Annual General Meeting to […]

Tele Columbus begins DOCSIS 3.1 rollout

German cable operator Tele Columbus has begun a nationwide upgrade of its network to DOCSIS 3.1, which it said would give the vast majority of its 2.4 million homes served access to gigabit broadband. Tele Columbus, which operates under the PŸUR brand, has thus far offered broadband speeds of up to 400Mbps across its network. […]

Vodafone Deutschland taps Velocix for GigaTV rollout

Vodafone Deutschland has turned to video streaming and ad tech supplier Velocix to support the expansion of its GigaTV service as part of a multi-year agreement for its open audio-video (AV) pipeline software, including its CDN, origin server, and video personalisation platform. Vodafone Deutschland, which provides pay TV services to more than 13 million subscribers […]

Altice unit to build fibre networks in Germany

Altice Group’s infrastructure construction unit Geodesia has struck a partnership with German fibre builder and service provider Deutsche Glasfaser to accelerate the rollout of fibre in Germany. The partnership calls for the laying and activation of a minimum of one million fibre optic connections in suburban and rural areas of Germany by 2025. In total, […]

Genius Brands to take over Fix&Foxi owner YFE

US-based kids content company Genius Brands International is to acquire a 29% in German kids channel provider Your Family Entertainment Aktiengesellschaft (YFE) from Austrian shareholder F&M Film-und Medien Beteiligungs GmbH, with a plan to take overall control of the company behind kids characters Fix&Foxi. Genius Brands will pay €2.00 per registered share for the F&M […]

Ocilion wins two more network operator deals in Germany

German network operators K-net, based in Kaiserslautern, and Leonet in Bavaria have turned to technology and content provider Ocilion to use the latter’s IPTV cloud platform. Ocilion provides the operators with a turnkey IPTV platform consisting of software, services, content packages, integrated video library, 4K set top boxes and apps for the first and second […]

Vodafone loses more TV customers in Germany and Spain

Vodafone lost significant numbers of TV customers in Germany and Spain in its fiscal first half to the end of September, with 101,000 TV customers lost in Germany and 38,000 lost in Spain. The operator blamed fewer gross customer additions due to COVID in Germany, but pointed to accelerated convergence penetration, with its German converged […]

Sky Deutschland makes Go available on Amazon Fire TV

Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has added Amazon Fire tablets to the range of devices via which subscribers can access its Sky Go mobile app. The addition of the Amazon App store means that the Sky Go app is now available in all major app store including the Google Play Store, Apple App Store and […]

Telekom’s German TV base edges upwards towards four million

Deutsche Telekom’s TV base in Germany edged ever closer to four million during the third quarter, despite relatively modest growth both in the domestic market and in the rest of Europe. Telekom had 3.966 million Magenta TV customers in Germany at the end of the quarter, up 0.8% quarter-on-quarter, with the number including both IPTV […]

ProSiebenSat.1 results ‘overshadowed’ by poor dating numbers

ProSiebenSat.1’s solid results from its media and entertainment and production businesses risks being overshadowed by the poor performance of its online dating business, according to analysts at Berenberg, who have given the German broadcaster a ‘hold’ rating. ProSiebenSat.1’s latest quarterly numbers showed that company was benefiting from higher than expected growth in the fast-recovering German […]

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