Germany


Sky Deutschland to add Sky Atlantic in May

German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland will add Sky Altantic HD to its programming line-up from May 23. The German version of Sky Atlantic will air US content from HBO including Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire as well as library content including The Sopranos, Entourage, The Wire and True Blood. Content, which will be […]

Sky Deutschland expects to move into black next year

Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland will become profitable next year, according to chief financial officer Steve Tomsic. Tomsic told the company’s annual meeting yesterday that EBITDA would be significantly greater this year than last, with a positive result expected for next year. In 2011 Sky Deutschland posted an operating loss of €155 million, significantly less […]

Deutsche Telekom hits out at NetCologne decision

Deutsche Telekom has criticised a decision by the Bundesnetzagentur, the Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications and Post, to prent its planned cooperation with city network provider NetCologne in delivering fast internet services. Telekom said the agency’s move sent a “bad signal” for the development of broadband in Germany, preventing companies from cooperating over […]

Deutsche Telekom in bid for Bundesliga rights

Deutsche Telekom will be among the parties submitting bids for German Bundesliga rights this week in competition with Sky Deutschland, according to local reports. The German Football League, the DFL, is expected to make a decision on allocation of the rights to the 2013-17 seasons on April 17. Deutsche Telekom already holds the IP rights […]

Sky Deutschland adds kids programming to Sky Anytime

Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland is to add kids programmes to its Sky Anytime catch-up offering from April 6. The service will launch with content from Cartoon Network, Boomerang and German kids channel Junior, with Nicktoons to follow. Content available will include Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Ben 10 and Biene Maja. Shows are available […]

Eutelsat adds HbbTV interactivity to KabelKiosk

Eutelsat’s KabelKiosk platform, which serves cable operators in Germany and neighbouring countries, is adding an interactive portal using the HbbTV standard. The KabelKiosk Choice service will offer VOD and catch-up TV services along with access to news portals and local information. Eutelsat said it was removing the requirements for cable operators to make significant investments […]

Sky Deutschland adds MTV Live HD

Sky Deutschland will add MTV Live HD to its line-up next month. The live music channel will replace VH1 Classic in the Sky World package on April 4. As well as concerts, the Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) channel airs, MTV Unplugged, MTV World Stage and the annual MTV Video Music Awards and MTV European […]

Kabel BW shops for QVD HD

German cable operator Kabel BW has added shopping channel QVC HD to its offering and will begin airing QVC Beauty next month. The HD version of QVC, which launched in September, airs daily themed shows covering fashion, accessories, beauty and vitality, household, technology, jewellery and watches, kitchenware and hobbies. QVC Beauty focusses on beauty, wellness, […]

Telcos well placed as media moves to cloud, says DT’s O’Sullivan

The move to cloud-based delivery, in which they have greater experience than traditional pay TV players, could potentially give telcos a much-need advantage, according to Gerry O’Sullivan, vice-president of global TV and entertainment at Deutsche Telekom. Delivering the opening keynote at the IP&TV World Forum today, O’Sullivan said that more services were likely to become […]

Sky Deutschland and DT favourites for football auction

The auction for the pay TV rights for German soccer is expected to close at the end of April with satellite operator Sky Deutschland and IPTV operator Deutsche Telekom the main favourites. The first round of the Bundesliga auction takes place on April 2 followed by a second round with the results expected at the […]