Vodafone Germany offers IPTV without broadband contract

Vodafone’s German IPTV service is being made available to households taking broadband services from rival operators. From November 11, the telco will begun selling its TV Center 1000 set-top without a DSL contract for €299.90. It will offer a ‘money back guarantee’ to customers who take Vodafone internet services at a later date, refunding over […]

KDG expands high-speed internet

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has extended high-speed internet to a further 740,000 households, giving them access to 100Mbps services. KDG has upgraded its networks to provide high-speed access to over 100 small and medium-sized communities in Bavaria, Lower Saxony, Rhineland-Pfalz and Schleswig-Holstein, taking the total numbers of homes passed by high-speed services in […]

ProSiebenSat.1 posts third quarter revenue growth

Commercial broadcast group ProSiebenSat.1 increased its third quarter revenues by 8.9% year-on-year to €163.6 million. Recurring EBITDA was up 19.5% to €163.6 million. In the group’s largest segment, the German speaking market covering Germany, Austria and Switzerland, ProSieben increased revenues by 6.5% to €413.9 million. The company’s free TV international segment, which since the disposal […]

ProSiebenSat.1 takes stake in social network

German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has acquired a stake in online social network meetOne. The company, through its SevenVentures investment arm, has bought a 29% stake in the website, which was developed by the team behind successful online gaming venture Bigpoint. The site, which is run by managing director Mila Sukhareva, combines online social networking with […]

KDG launches new set-top with NDS

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland has launched a new HD set-top box using various technologies from NDS. The new Sagemcom box includes NDS MediaHighway software, VideoGuard conditional access, an NDS VOD solution and a customised electronic programme guide. Yves Padrines, vice-president of sales Europe and general manager NDS said: “Through this new offering, Kabel Deutschland […]

German regulator concerned over Liberty deal

The German competition regulator, the Bundeskartellamt, has said it has concerns about Liberty Global’s pending acquisition of cable operator Kabel BW, which would give it control of two of Germany’s main players in the cable market. The Bundeskartellamt will reveal its final decision on December 15. However, the regulator has said that it has concerns […]

Tele Columbus invests in Dresden headend

German cable operator Tele Columbus has installed a new headend in Dresden, providing services to up to 100,000 households via an upgraded fibre network by 2016. The headend currently serves about 36,000 homes in Dresden, with 30,000 further households set to be added by the end of next year. The operator is investing about €15 […]

Lovefilm strikes Paramount deal for Germany

Digital streaming service and DVD rental firm Lovefilm has struck a deal with Hollywood studio Paramount Pictures in Germany. The deal will give Lovefilm subscribers the opportunity to stream Paramount Pictures’ releases during the first subscription TV window. It follows recent deals with Entertainment One and Studio Canal. The arrangement includes the Coen Brothers’ True […]

German 3D TV sales exceed expectations

German consumer electronics association the GFU has upgraded its expectation for 3D TV sales this year by 30%. The GFU now expects 1.3 million 3D-enabled TVs to be sold by the end of the year. Some 79% of sales of screens with a size over 50 inches are now of 3D-enabled devices, while 3D units […]

ANGA Cable Show teams up with SCTE Cable-Tec Expo

German cable association ANGA and the US Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) have agreed a deal to mutually promote, enhance and support their respective congress and exhibition events, SCTE Cable-Tec Expo and the ANGA Cable Show. SCTE Cable-Tec Expo and ANGA Cable Show will act as international cable show partners in order to more […]