Germany


KDG extends high-speed access

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has extended its high-speed internet offering to an additional 300,000 homes in Bad Kreuznach, Bamberg, Bremerhaven, Erlangen and Lueneburg and surrounding towns. Subscribers in these cities will now have access to 100Mbps services. The latest upgrades take the operator’s high-speed coverage to 7.5 million homes in total KDG is […]

Samsung brings Maxdome to Blu-ray players

Samsung has signed a deal to bring Maxdome’s VOD platform to Blu-ray players and home theatre systems in Germany. The deal, truck by Samsung and Maxdome owner ProSiebenSat.1, will give Samsung Blu-ray and home theatre owners access to around 35,000 titles from movies and series to documentaries and kids content. Maxdome has been available on […]

Unitymedia boosts HD offering

Unitymedia is increasing its HD offering with the launch of two new channels in the next few days. The German cable operator will add Romance HD on September 27 and Spiegel TV Wissen HD on October 4. Romance HD, a joint venture between Mainstream Media and ZDF Enterprises, is a female-skewing network offering series based […]

Tele Columbus upgrades network in Tambach-Dietharz

German cable operator Tele Columbus will upgrade its network in Tambach-Dietharz. The company has signed agreements with housing corporations WVV and WBG to digitize their networks. Work will start today and be complete by October 26, by which time customers will be offered digital TV packages, including some in HD.

Turner launches Glitz in Germany


Turner Broadcasting System is launching lifestyle and general entertainment channel Glitz in Germany. This marks the first international roll out of the channel following its successful launch across Latin America in May 2011, where it replaced the Fashion TV channel. The channel will launch on Kabel Deutschland’s pay TV platform in May 2012 and will […]

KDG to launch new HD channels

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland is adding eight high definition channels this year. The pay TV platform will add six channels – ProSieben HD, Sat.1 HD, kabel eins HD, sixx HD, Sport1 HD and Servus TV – on October 5. It will then add two further channels in December. Following the launch of these channels […]

Thoma says there will be room for Volks TV

There is room in the German advertising market for a third major player alongside RTL and ProSiebenSat.1, according to former RTL chief Helmut Thoma, who is planning the launch of a new national network of regional channels, dubbed Volks TV (‘People’s TV’). In an interview with the Infosat.de website’s Digitalmagazin, Thoma said that it would […]

Sport 1 Plus streaming to iPads

German sports broadcaster Sport 1 Plus can now be streamed live to iPads and iPhones. The channel can be viewed via the Sport1.de portal, which has been adapted for the Apple devices. Viewers must pay a one off fee for access to the feed on iPads and iPhones. Existing online account holders can pay an […]

KiKi kids VOD service launches on Philips connected TV

German kids video-on-demand service KiKi – Kinderkino has launched on Philips’ connected TV platform. The KiKi app will be pre-installed on Philips flat screen TVs, offering access to a variety of kids movies and series. Kiki – Kinderkino provides access to movies, series and short films via is web portal for online viewing and download. […]

Primacom offers autumn promotions

German cable operator Primacom has begun offering a TV package consisting of 200 channels, including 10 in HD for €9.99 per month during a promotional period. Customers signing up before October 31 will pay €9.99 for the first six months and €19.99 thereafter. They will also be able to watch the Family package for free […]