DT planning HD channel expansion

Deutsche Telekom is planning to expand the HD offering on its Entertain TV platform with the launch of 20 new channels this year, according to reports. The company is set add 16 free TV channels and four pay channels over the next 12 months, reports said citing marketing chief Christian Ilek. He also revealed that […]

ProSiebenSat.1 HD channels on NetCologne

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has struck a deal with Cologne, Bonn and Aachen area service provider NetCologne to distribute its HD channels on NetCologne’s network. NetCologne will deliver Sat.1 HD, ProSieben HD, Kabel Eins HD and Sixx HD from February 1. NetCologne and ProSiebenSat.1 have also extended their existing distribution deal for standard definition channels. NetCologne […]

Your Family Entertainment strikes content deal for Italy

German family-oriented channel and content provider Your Family Entertainment has struck a deal to supply programming to the Italian market with local distributor Filmedia. Filmedia, which represents broadcasters including ORF, Deutsche Welle and ZDF in the Italian market, will distribute Your Family Entertainment shows including Mission Odyssey, Altair and Shadow of the Elves in Italy. […]

ARD criticises Cartel Office move on football highlights

German public broadcaster ARD has criticised the Federal Cartel Office’s decision on Friday to allow the German Football League (DFL) to adopt a model that could see free-to-air football highlights made available to internet service providers before broadcasters. The Bundeskartellamt approved a plan by the DFL to put free-to-air rights to tender from 2013-14, which […]

DEV names German-language area sales chief

German cable technology provider DEV has named Stefan Philipps as its new area sales manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Philipps succeeds Harald Busold, who has left the company. He will report to Rainer Lorger, head of sales and marketing. Before joining DEV, Philipps worked at Titan Commerce, helping US networking companies at to enter […]

Vodafone adds trio of channels to TV platform

The German IPTV platform operated by Vodafone has added Fox, Travel Channel and Romance TV its line-up. Fox airs various hit US dramas, including Mad Men, The Walking Dead and The Big C. Mainstream Media-owned Romance TV offers films, soap operas and TV series, while Travel Channel airs flagship shows including destination guide Essential, Inside […]

Sky Deutschland extends TNA wrestling deal

Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has extended its deal with Nashville-based TNA Entertainment to show Total Nonstop Action Wrestling exclusively for a further year. Under the latest deal, Sky will show TNA’s Impact Wrestling show on Sky Sports and will provide live coverage of TNA’s 12 pay-per-view events on Sky Select. Sky has also secured […]

Sky Sports News HD launches

Sky Deutschland has launched its news sports news channel. Sky Sports News HD went live on New Year’s Day at 12:00. Brian Sullivan, CEO of Sky Deutschland, said: “The launch of Sky Sport News HD is a landmark in the history of Sky. A 24-hour live sport news channel signals something completely new in the […]

Liberty Global faces opposition to German merger

German alternative telecom operator association the VATM has added its voice to that of pay TV provider Sky Deutschland in expressing strong reservations about the proposed merger of Liberty Global-owned cable operator Unitymedia with Baden-Württemberg operator Kabel BW. The VATM is calling for open access to the network of the combined operator as a condition […]

KDG expands VOD network

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) is rolling its video-on-demand platform out to the cities of Rostock and Wismar. The operator’s Video Select service will be available to 130,000 households in the two cities from tomorrow. Content on the platform includes movies and TV shows in both SD and HD. The additions mean that from […]