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 […]

KDG sees HD and premium TV boost

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) reported an increase in television subscribers as well as a large boost for its HD services. This comes as the cabler announced its second quarter financial results, which saw it post a 5.6% increase in revenues and a net profit of €44.9 million for the six months to end […]

Sky Deutschland beats analyst expectations

Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has turned in a solid set of results, beating analysts’ expectations with a smaller loss than predicted. Sky added 98,000 net customers in the third quarter, more than doubling its additions year-on-year and taking its net additions for the year to over 200,200. Gross additions numbered 188,000, up 17% year-on-year, […]

Deutsche Telekom sees solid TV growth

Deutsche Telekom had 1.375 million TV customers in Germany at the end of the third quarter, up 74,000 quarter-on-quarter and 333,000 year-on-year. The operator had 12.201 million retail broadband customers at the end of September. The TV subscriber number included 14,000 satellite customers, following the launch of the satellite service on September 1. The operator […]

Kabel BW continues growth momentum

German cable operator Kabel BW ended September with a total of 4.3 million RGUs, a year-on-year increase of 477,000. The operator has seen growth across all of its products in the first nine months of the year, including pay TV which was up 36% to 353,000 RGUs. Pay TV ARPU in the third quarter increased […]