Germany


Maxdome teams with Accedo for TV apps

German video-on-demand provider Maxdome has partnered with Accedo Broadband to deliver connected TV apps for multiple platforms. The first app launched under the partnership was a Panasonic Viera Connect application launched at the end of March, giving viewers access to a vast catalogue of 45,000 video titles. The two companies are also working together to […]

Discovery’s DMAX to launch on HD Plus


Discovery’s free-to-air general entertainment channel DMAX is to launch on satellite operator SES’ HD Plus platform in Germany in May. The male skewing channel, which airs local series including Die Ludolf and D Tech as well as international content including American Chopper and Morgan Spurlock’s 30 Days, will become the 14th commercial broadcaster to sign […]

Kinowelt to launch HD channel

German pay TV movie channel Kinowelt is launching in an HD version, according to local reports. The service will launch on the Unitymedia cable platform on May 29 as a simulcast of the existing SD channel, kicking off with a showing of French nature documentary March of the Penguins, followed by Woody Allen’s Whatever Works […]

Deutsche Telekom launches Shair TV app

Deutsche Telekom has launched a new iPhone app called Shair that enables users to discuss shows they watch with Facebook contacts, as well as the possibility to make comments on shows in real time. The Shair app enables users to access synopses and other background information about shows as well as information on directors and […]

ARD and ZDF plan Germany’s Gold VOD service

German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF are planning to launch an advertising-supported online video-on-demand service that will make archive content available to viewers. However, the service is unlikely to launch before the end of the year, according to the broadcasters. The pair have yet to decide on a final name for the service, currently dubbed […]

Kabel Deutschland launches DVR on the go

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has launched a remote recording service, enabling subscribers to schedule DVR recordings via the internet. The service currently enables PC users to schedule recordings remotely. KDG plans to launch a version for iOS and Android mobile devices towards the end of May.

New channels on SES Astra

Two new Bavarian free-to-air TV channels are launching on the Astra satellite platform at the end of April. The two channels, Franken Fernsehen in Nuremberg and a.tv in Augsburg, were previously local part time programmes and are now extending their offer to full time. The channels will use former analogue capacity on Astra as of […]

German cable Primacom to be sold

German MSO Primacom is reportedly about to be put up for sale. Investment bank Jeffries is understood to be looking for a buyer for the cabler, which is worth an estimated US$500 million. The bank will send the relevant information to interested parties next month, according to wire reports. The cabler completed a refinancing deal […]

German court orders YouTube to take down copyrighted videos

A German court has ordered YouTube to take down copyrighted music video clips as a result of a lawsuit filed by copyright royalty collections body GEMA and a number of groups handling music rights. The Hamburg court ruled that YouTube had to act to remove clips at the request of rights-holders, although it was not […]

ProSiebenSat.1 and RTL fail in online platform bid

German broadcasters ProSiebenSat.1 and RTL have failed in their bid to jointly launch an online platform. In February, the German Federal Cartel office blocked a proposal by the broadcasters to develop a common online TV platform because of antitrust concerns. A regional court in Düsseldorf has refused an appeal against the decision.