Germany


Lovefilm Germany launches iPhone app

Lovefilm Germany has launched an app for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. The app, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store, provides access to about 45,000 movie titles. Lovefilm, which already streams movies via the Sony Playstation 3 and Sony Bravia connected LCD TVs and Blu-ray players, also recently signed a deal […]

NDS provides technology for Sky Deutschland Anytime service

Conditional access and interactive TV technology company NDS is providing the technology behind Sky Deutschland’s new Sky Anytime service, which will be made available to all Sky Plus DTH subscribers later this year. Sky Anytime, supported by NDS MediaHighway set-top software, provides Sky Plus customers with on-demand content, including selected movies from their subscribed film […]

Football bodies say business as usual in wake of ECJ ruling

Football bodies UEFA and the German Football Association (DFB) have said they will not change the way they do business with broadcasters in the wake of the European Court of Justice ruling that allows viewers to buy foreign smartcards and decoders to view international providers’ broadcasts of domestic matches. UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino was […]

Deutsche Telekom adds new Entertain channels

Deutsche Telekom’s Entertain IPTV service has added toddler channel BabyTV and Spiegel TV Wissen HD to its programming line-up, according to local reports. Fox International Channels-owned BabyTV will air 24 hours a day as part of the Entertain, Kids and BigTV packages. Spiegel TV Wissen HD (Knowledge) will be available in standard definition in the […]

ProSiebenSat.1 strikes deal with Unitymedia, prepares growth plan

Liberty Global-owned German cable operator Unitymedia has struck a long-term cooperation agreement with commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 for carriage of the latter’s channels. The pair’s existing deal has been extended until 2013 and ProSiebenSat.1’s Sixx channel will be given extended carriage on Unitymedia’s analogue tier. ProSiebenSat.1’s HD channels will also be carried by the operator. From […]

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 […]