Germany


Kabel BW merger faces opposition

German telco and pay TV operator Deutsche Telekom and pay TV service provider NetCologne have filed an appeal against the merger between Kabel BW and Unitymedia. The companies have filed an appeal with the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf against the country’s Federal Cartel Office, which approved the merger. Deutsche Telekom and NetCologne claim that […]

Kabel BW launches CI Plus module

Kabel BW is launching a CI Plus module. The German cable operator will begin offering the module from February 1 for €3.50 per month for a minimum contract period of 24 months. It will give users access to Kabel BW’s SD and HD channels as well as the Sky Deutschland channels offered via its cable […]

Vodafone Germany eyes cable partnership

Vodafone Germany is eyeing a deal with a local cable operator as it looks to expand its business. Stephan Zimmermann, head of wholesale, Vodafone Germany, told delegates at the Euroforum conference in Cologne, that it was looking to strike a network access partnership with at least one major German cabler. It would look to roll […]

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 […]