Germany


Kabel BW strikes deal with Stuttgart housing group

German cable operator Kabel BW has struck a deal with the Stuttgart Housing and Urban Development Company (SWSG) to deliver its services to all SWSG tenants in the city. Stuttgart residents will be able to receive about 40 analogue and over 200 digital TV channels. SWSG residents will also be able to access video-on-demand and […]

Kabel BW HD line-up reaches 40

Kabel BW is claiming to offer more HD channels than any other German TV operator having added Nat Geo Wild HD to its line-up. The cable operator now carries a total of 40 HD channels. The addition of Nat Geo Wild HD takes the number of HD channels launched since January to 10. The operator […]

Sky Deutschland takes Sky Go to Xbox 360

German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has signed a deal with Microsoft to bring its OTT Sky Go service to the Xbox 360. Sky Go offers various content including live football matches and premium movies via mobile devices including iPads and iPhones. The service will be available to Xbox Live Gold members with a Sky […]

Court calls on ARD and newspaper publishers to enter talks

A German court has rejected an initial appeal by newspaper publishers to stop public broadcaster ARD from making a free daily news app available across the country, but has called on the two sides to negotiate an out-of-court deal, according to local reports. The ruling means that public broadcasters will be able to continue, for […]

ProSiebenSat.1 strikes Disney digital deal

German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has struck a deal with Disney that will see over 500 new titles added to its Maxdome video-on-demand service. The deal, which was struck with Disney Germany, will see a raft of kids and family programming from the Disney Channel as well as a number of feature films featured on the […]

Lovefilm Germany launches iPhone app

Lovefilm Germany has launched an app for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. The app, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store, provides access to about 45,000 movie titles. Lovefilm, which already streams movies via the Sony Playstation 3 and Sony Bravia connected LCD TVs and Blu-ray players, also recently signed a deal […]

NDS provides technology for Sky Deutschland Anytime service

Conditional access and interactive TV technology company NDS is providing the technology behind Sky Deutschland’s new Sky Anytime service, which will be made available to all Sky Plus DTH subscribers later this year. Sky Anytime, supported by NDS MediaHighway set-top software, provides Sky Plus customers with on-demand content, including selected movies from their subscribed film […]

Football bodies say business as usual in wake of ECJ ruling

Football bodies UEFA and the German Football Association (DFB) have said they will not change the way they do business with broadcasters in the wake of the European Court of Justice ruling that allows viewers to buy foreign smartcards and decoders to view international providers’ broadcasts of domestic matches. UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino was […]

Deutsche Telekom adds new Entertain channels

Deutsche Telekom’s Entertain IPTV service has added toddler channel BabyTV and Spiegel TV Wissen HD to its programming line-up, according to local reports. Fox International Channels-owned BabyTV will air 24 hours a day as part of the Entertain, Kids and BigTV packages. Spiegel TV Wissen HD (Knowledge) will be available in standard definition in the […]

ProSiebenSat.1 strikes deal with Unitymedia, prepares growth plan

Liberty Global-owned German cable operator Unitymedia has struck a long-term cooperation agreement with commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 for carriage of the latter’s channels. The pair’s existing deal has been extended until 2013 and ProSiebenSat.1’s Sixx channel will be given extended carriage on Unitymedia’s analogue tier. ProSiebenSat.1’s HD channels will also be carried by the operator. From […]