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 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 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 […]

France 24 Entertains in Germany

France 24 has expanded its distribution in Germany by signing a carriage deal with Deutsche Telekom. The English version of the channel is now available on Entertain, Deutsche Telekom’s IPTV platform. The deal will bring France 24 to an additional 1.3 million German households, taking its footprint in the country to over 20 million homes. […]

Satellite homes pass 17 million in Germany

The number of German households receiving satellite TV services has passed 17 million for the first time, according to satellite operator SES. SES said the number of satellite households in Germany increased to 17.1 million during the first half of the year, while cable homes fell by 260,000 to 17.8 million and DTT homes fell […]

Zattoo launches pay TV service in Germany

Switzerland-based online TV service provider Zattoo has launched a pay TV option, Zattoo Plus, in Germany and Switzerland. In Germany, Zattoo is offering a €9.90 subscription service, renewable each month. Zattoo is offering seven channels: Auto Motor and Sport Channel, Planet, FuelTV, Outdoor Sports Channel, Deutsches Musik Fernsehen, Body In Balance and Yourfamily Dabei. Jan […]

Vodafone plans TV-over-LTE rollout

Vodafone Deutschland is to turn on its LTE network in its home city of Düsseldorf this month as part of a plan to expand its LTE network throughout Germany and include TV as part of the offering. Vodafone is currently deploying a hybrid set-top delivering IPTV and interactive services via DSL as well as TV […]

Tele Columbus names new finance chief

German cable operator Tele Columbus has named Frank Posnanski as chief financial officer. Posnanski, who takes over from Paul Taaffe, was previously chief financial officer and CEO of Digital Identification Solutions, and has also worked for Kabel BW. The operator has also named Maik Emmermann to the new position of chief marketing and sales officer. […]