Germany


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 […]

HD+ nears two million

SES’s HD+ service now reaches 1.9 households in Germany, the satellite services company said today. It added that 305,000 of the 482,000 customers that signed up for the one-year free trial have chosen to retain the service for another 12 months and will pay the annual €50 service fee.
HD+ offers high definition channels including RTL, […]

Oelde gets high-speed internet from Unitymedia

German cable operator Unitymedia has launched high-speed internet services in the town of Oelde and the surrounding region in North-Rhine Westphalia. The latest upgrade delivers triple-play services including internet speeds of up to 128Mbps to Oelde residents.

Deutsche Telekom technology chief to leave early

Deutsche Telekom’s innovation and technology director Edward Kozel is to leave the company at the end of this year, according to local press. Deutsche Telekom CEO René Obermann will take over Kozel’s role on an interim basis. Kozel, the former chief technology officer of Cisco Systems, was hired with much fanfare last year. However, according […]

Unitymedia to launch new HD services and set-top

Liberty Global-backed German cable operator Unitymedia will launch three HD services from ProSiebenSat.1 today, and plans to launch a new HD set-top at the beginning of December. The cable operator will launch ProSiebenSat.1 HD services ProSieben HD, Sat.1 HD and Kabel Eins HD today. Unitymedia will offer the three new services free of charge until […]