Vodafone Germany signs Fox movie deal

Vodafone Deutschland has signed a content deal with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to bring a raft of movies to its IPTV platform. The deal will see recent releases including Rise of the Planet of The Apes, X-Men: First Class and Mr Popper’s Penguins being made available on Vodafone TV in Germany. Older classics including […]

KDG targets analogue DTH customers

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) is launching a package aimed at analogue satellite customers who will lose their service once the country’s analogue DTH signals are turned off at the end of April. The offer, targeting those who live on their own or with one other person, includes analogue and digital services. The package […]

Sky Deutschland retains Formula 1 rights

Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has retained the rights to continue airing Formula 1 coverage in Germany. Sky extended its contract with Formula One World Championship Ltd, giving it the rights to air coverage of the sport this year on its premium HD service. Sky will make Formula 1 available via iPhone, iPad, the web […]

Zeiler leaves RTL, joins Turner

Gerhard Zeiler is to become president of Turner Broadcasting System International after announcing his departure from the RTL Group. The move will see Zeiler, who was at the international broadcast group for 13 years and in charge for nine, run Turner’s bouquet of 130 channels in 200 countries. He will report to Phil Kent, chairman […]

Satellite overtakes cable in Germany

More German households are watching TV via satellite rather than cable for the first time, according to SES’s latest TV Monitor report. At the end of 2011, 17.5 million homes took DTH services, compared to 17.3 million taking cable services. The number of satellite customers increased by 900,000 during the course of the year, while […]

DT tackles digital competition with new unit

Deutsche Telekom has launched a new business unit designed to tap into digital trends and to open up new fields of revenue outside its core business. The Products and Innovation unit, headed by Thomas Kiessling, will focus on six business segments – communication services, media/entertainment, cloud services, advertising, advertising business/e-commerce and payment services. The media/entertainment […]

Swisscom to wholesale IPTV platform in Germany

Swisscom is planning to offer its IPTV service in neighbouring Germany on a wholesale basis. The Swiss telco will offer its platform to German municipal utilities that provide internet services and to local cable operators, according to IPTV product manager Klaus Pilz. Pilz told the Infosat website that Swisscom would target small ISPs that until […]

Kabel BW launches package aimed at analogue satellite viewers

German cable operator Kabel BW has launched a new package to attract former satellite TV viewers unhappy with the cessation of analogue broadcasts via satellite. The Action package from Kabel BW gives viewers access to analogue and digital channels as well as a free HD receiver. In total, Action package customers will have access to […]

Deutsche Telekom mulling assault on football rights

German telco Deutsche Telekom is planning a serious assault on rival Sky Deutschland’s hold on Bundesliga football rights, according to local press. According to press reports, Telekom wants to bid not only for IPTV rights it currently holds but also for satellite rights, following the launch of the satellite version of its Entertain TV service. […]

Sky Deutschland to get capital injection

News Corp has committed to boosting the capital of pay TV operator Sky Deutschland, which posted strong year-end results yesterday, by a further €300 million. Sky will receive €100 million in March either via a private placement, a shareholder loan or a mix of both. Sky will get a further injection of €200 million by […]