Germany


Maxdome inks content deal with Fox


German online on-demand service Maxdome has inked a content deal with Hollywood studio Twentieth Century Fox. The service, which is owned by German broadcast group ProSiebenSat.1, has acquired a package of 250 movies from Fox, which will be added to its online video store. Titles include Alvin and the Chipmunks and Planet of the Apes. […]

Sky Deutschland expands catch-up offering

German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has expanded its Sky Anytime service by adding factual programming from National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Spiegel History, Discovery Channel and Motorvision TV. The catch-up service allows subscribers with Sky Plus HD DVRs to view programmes seven days after their linear broadcast by downloading shows over-the-air each night […]

Penthouse launches HD in Germany

Adult channel Penthouse has launched its high definition service on Entertain, Deutsche Telekom’s IPTV service. The channel transmits from 21:00 to 05:00. A down-converted SD version of the channel will also launch on Entertain on the Big TV and Lounge packages. Penthouse, which is owned by FriendFinder Networks, currently has a bouquet of three HD […]

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 […]