Germany


Liberty Global moves to assuage regulator on Kabel BW

Pan European cable operator Liberty Global has attempted to mitigate the concerns of Germany’s competition regulator to allow its purchase of rival cabler Kabel BW to go ahead. Liberty Global announced its intention to acquire Kabel BW for €3.16 billion in March 2011. It has subsequently proposed concessions to the Federal Cartel Office to make […]

KDG adds MTV channel

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has added music channel MTV Brand New to its platform. MTV Brand New is a pure music channel, broadcasting the latest mainstream and niche music videos. It launched in Germany in February on Deutsche Telekom’s T-Entertain IPTV platform. The channel is available in KDG’s Premium Extra package.

Vodafone expands HD line-up

Vodafone is adding three new HD channels to its German IPTV platform. From December 1, the operator will include Sixx HD, TELE 5 HD and N24 HD in its line-up. The addition of the channels will take the total number of HD channels on the platform to 18.

ProSiebenSat.1 set on Fun and Emotions

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1’s forthcoming new pay TV channel will be named ProSieben Fun, according to local reports. Christoph Bellmer, managing director of ProSiebenSat.1’s digital production subsidiary SevenSenses, said that the comedy channel, which will be launched in the next few months, will be positioned as the “edgy” little brother to ProSieben. The existing Sat.1 Comedy […]

Cartel office probing ARD ZDF catch-up service


Germany’s Federal Cartel Office is probing the country’s public broadcaster’s plan to launch an online catch-up service. ARD and ZDF want to launch a video-on-demand catch-up platform under the Germany’s Gold moniker and the Cartel Office will assess whether it adversely impacts competition in this market segment. The same body has already investigated and blocked […]

Hulu tipped to launch German service


German reports suggest that online on-demand service Hulu is preparing a launch in Germany. The US company is backed by Disney, NBC and News Corp and the only international market that it has launched in to date is Japan. However, local press report that it is in talks with German broadcasters RTL and ProSiebenSat.1 to […]

Spiegel TV Wissen HD launching on KDG

German pay TV factual channel Spiegel TV Wissen HD is to launch on Kabel Deutschland’s (KDG) cable platform on December 7. The HD version of the channel, which launched in standard definition in October, will be available in all of KDG’s HD packages. The cable operator will also make programming from the channel available as […]

Sky Deutschland looking to Bundesliga online and mobile rights

German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland wants to bid for all rights to the next round Bundesliga football rights, including the online and mobile rights currently held by Deutsche Telekom, according to CEO Brian Sullivan. Sullivan told Focus magazine that Sky wanted to distribute coverage of German football to mobile phones and tablets as well […]

ProSiebenSat.1 acquires Swedish producer



ProSiebenSat.1’s Scandinavian production division has acquired Swedish producer Hard Hat. 
Snowman Productions, which was set up by Red Arrow Entertainment last year, has acquired a majority interest in the production company and will see it move into ad-funded programming and digital production in the region.
 This is the latest acquisition for ProSiebenSat.1’s Red Arrow, which […]

Price erosion hits German TV sales

The value of sales of TVs in Germany fell in the first nine months of the year, but is expected to recover somewhat in the pre-Christmas period. The value sales of TVs by 7.3% year-on-year for the first nine months of 2011, according to the CEMIX consumer electronics market index. TV sales amounted to €4 […]