Germany


Lovefilm strikes Paramount deal for Germany

Digital streaming service and DVD rental firm Lovefilm has struck a deal with Hollywood studio Paramount Pictures in Germany. The deal will give Lovefilm subscribers the opportunity to stream Paramount Pictures’ releases during the first subscription TV window. It follows recent deals with Entertainment One and Studio Canal. The arrangement includes the Coen Brothers’ True […]

German 3D TV sales exceed expectations

German consumer electronics association the GFU has upgraded its expectation for 3D TV sales this year by 30%. The GFU now expects 1.3 million 3D-enabled TVs to be sold by the end of the year. Some 79% of sales of screens with a size over 50 inches are now of 3D-enabled devices, while 3D units […]

ANGA Cable Show teams up with SCTE Cable-Tec Expo

German cable association ANGA and the US Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) have agreed a deal to mutually promote, enhance and support their respective congress and exhibition events, SCTE Cable-Tec Expo and the ANGA Cable Show. SCTE Cable-Tec Expo and ANGA Cable Show will act as international cable show partners in order to more […]

Deutsche Telekom satellite TV offering passes 50,000

Deutsche Telekom’s new satellite TV service has signed up about 50,000 customers in its first six weeks, according to local press. Deutsche Telekom marketing chief Christian Illek told the Reuters news service that the operator was pleased with the progress of the satellite version of the Entertain service. He said the figures were at the […]

Cartel office extends Kabel BW review, Liberty offers concessions



The German cartel office has extended its review into Liberty Global’s proposed takeover of German cabler Kabel BW. Liberty, meanwhile, has offered unspecified concessions to help push the deal through.
 The cartel office will issue its preliminary review of the deal within days, after which Liberty and Kabel BW can make an official response. The […]

Sky Sports News HD set for December launch

Sky Sports News HD will launch in Germany and Austria on December 1, pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has announced. The 24-hour sports news channel will be available on TV, iPad, iPhone, internet and Xbox 360. Sky has hired 200 employees to work on the channel, including 13 presenters.

German online TV grows

Germany currently has 1,418 online TV services attracting 166 million hits daily, according to Bavarian media regulator the BLM’s Web TV Monitor 2011. Usage of online TV services is up 10% on the previous year, according to the survey, carried out on behalf of the BLM by Goldmedia. Short clips of three to five minutes […]

Sport1 takes MotoGP rights


German channel Sport1 has secured TV rights to the MotoGP motorcycle racing series. The Constantin Media-owned pay TV channel has inked a rights deal with Dorna Sports and taken exclusive TV, mobile and online rights to the series, which comprises 18 races a year, for three years.

Kabel BW strikes deal with Stuttgart housing group

German cable operator Kabel BW has struck a deal with the Stuttgart Housing and Urban Development Company (SWSG) to deliver its services to all SWSG tenants in the city. Stuttgart residents will be able to receive about 40 analogue and over 200 digital TV channels. SWSG residents will also be able to access video-on-demand and […]

Kabel BW HD line-up reaches 40

Kabel BW is claiming to offer more HD channels than any other German TV operator having added Nat Geo Wild HD to its line-up. The cable operator now carries a total of 40 HD channels. The addition of Nat Geo Wild HD takes the number of HD channels launched since January to 10. The operator […]