Sky Deutschland inks content deals

German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has inked programming deals with several German distributors. Sky has sealed deals with Splendid, Telepool and Tobis, giving it access to movie titles including The Ides of March and The Expendables 2. The deals run until 2014 and cover linear TV, VOD and SVOD.

Liberty Global posts increased revenues and full-year loss

European cable giant Liberty Global increased revenues by US$1billion (€750 million) last year, posting a total of US$9.5 billion for the full year compared with US$8.4 for the previous year. The company posted a loss of US$772.7 million, compared to a profit of US$388.2 million in 2010 when it benefited from the sale of its […]

Deutsche Telekom’s TV base up 34%

The number of customers taking Deutsche Telekom’s Entertain TV service, went up by 34% last year to to 1.6 million. Entertain Sat, the DTH platform that DT launched in September, accounted for 97,000 of the 177,000 new Entertain customers in the fourth quarter. In DT’s fixed network, the number of line losses was 21% lower than in […]

Sky Deutschland to offer blockbusters on iPhones

Sky Deutschland will bring movies including The King’s Speech, Sucker Punch and The Smurfs to iPhones and iPod Touches this spring. The German pay TV operator is making its Sky Movies On Demand service available on the Apple devices via its Sky Go multiscreen platform. Sky Go launched in April 2011 offering various programming via […]

Sky Deutschland CEO holds out partnership offer

Sky Deutschland CEO Brian Sullivan has held out the prospect of a partnership with Deutsche Telekom over sports rights in a bid to avoid a potentially damaging bidding war for the next round of Bundesliga football rights. In an interview with the Financial Times Deutschland newspaper, Sullivan said that any party interested in the rights […]

NDS supplying CA for Kabel BW CI Plus

NDS is supplying the conditional access technology for German cable operator Kabel BW’s CI Plus offering. Kabel BW launched CI Plus at the beginning of the month, enabling viewers with compatible TVs to view its digital services without the need for a set-top box. The module is based on NDS’s VideoGuard CA system. Yves Padrines, […]

KDG growth turns to profit

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland ended 2011 with a strong quarter, adding 134,000 new pay TV RGUs and 68,000 internet and telephony customers. The increases helped KDG post a third quarter profit of €55 million compared with a €36.5 million loss a year earlier. The operator ended December with a total of 1.082 million pay […]

Maxdome inks content deal with Fox

German online on-demand service Maxdome has inked a content deal with Hollywood studio Twentieth Century Fox. The service, which is owned by German broadcast group ProSiebenSat.1, has acquired a package of 250 movies from Fox, which will be added to its online video store. Titles include Alvin and the Chipmunks and Planet of the Apes. […]

Sky Deutschland expands catch-up offering

German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has expanded its Sky Anytime service by adding factual programming from National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Spiegel History, Discovery Channel and Motorvision TV. The catch-up service allows subscribers with Sky Plus HD DVRs to view programmes seven days after their linear broadcast by downloading shows over-the-air each night […]

Penthouse launches HD in Germany

Adult channel Penthouse has launched its high definition service on Entertain, Deutsche Telekom’s IPTV service. The channel transmits from 21:00 to 05:00. A down-converted SD version of the channel will also launch on Entertain on the Big TV and Lounge packages. Penthouse, which is owned by FriendFinder Networks, currently has a bouquet of three HD […]