Germany


KDG adds Spiegel TV Wissen to Select Video

Kabel Deutschland has added content from Spiegel TV Wissen to its on-demand service. The channel airs documentaries, news reports and talk shows based on nature and society, which are now available on the German cable operator’s Select Video platform. The VOD service offers over 3,700 hours of content, including over 1,000 movies.

Vodafone reveals German IPTV numbers

Vodafone Germany’s IPTV service has attracted 34,000 customers. The platform launched in February with around 65 channels, including 12 HD channels. Vodafone’s hybrid set-top enables customers to receive the IPTV service while continuing to get analogue cable and DTH delivery. From November 11 the telco will start selling the set-tops to customers who take broadband […]

Primacom ups HD output

Germany’s Primacom has added two new HD channels to its line-up. Family channel Anixe HD launched in 2006 and airs cartoons, series and movies. Austrian channel Servus TV HD broadcasts cultural programming. The German cable operator also offers all public HD channels and an additional six private channels in HD. “High definition television is no […]

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 […]