Germany


Sky Deutschland reveals details of Sports News channel

German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has unveiled details about its forthcoming Sky Sports News HD channel. The 24-hour channel, which will launch this winter, will employ 140 people, including 70 journalists and will be headed by Roman Steuer. Currently, 15 employees are working on the channel, but this number is set to double on […]

Kabel BW adds trio of Sky HD channels

Kabel BW is adding three HD channels from Sky Deutschland to its line-up, taking the total number of HD channels on the German cable operator’s network to 39. From September, Kabel BW customers will be able to watch Sky Sports Extra HD, Sky Cinema Hits HD and Sky Action HD. The cable operator recently started […]

RTL profits up but FremantleMedia profits down

RTL has registered revenue and profit increases in its half-year results. The pan-European broadcast group posted revenue of €2.8 billion for the six months to end-June, a 3.4% increase year on year. EBITDA profit increased 3.7%, taking the total to €557 million in the same period. The company said that higher TV ad revenues in […]

KDG names new finance chief

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has named Andreas Siemen as its new chief financial officer, effective from October. Siemen is currently director of corporate development with responsibility for corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance at KDG. He previously worked for McKinsey & Co for 10 years.

Miramax to launch Facebook streaming service

US studio Miramax is to launch a movie streaming service via Facebook in the US, UK and Turkey, with France and Germany to follow in the near future, according to a report by the PaidContent website. The Miramax experience, as the service is called, will offer 20 titles for rent in the US, and 10 […]

F1 legal row brewing

Germany’s Constantin Media has lodged a legal complaint against Formula 1 bosses, according to UK press reports. The German company is understood to have filed a lawsuit in a London court, alleging that various Formula 1 managers undervalued the auto-racing event when selling it to CVC Capital. The private equity company paid US$1.7 billion (€1.2 […]

Strong growth for Kabel BW

German cable operator Kabel BW ended June with 324,000 pay TV RGUs, an increase of 39% year-on-year. The number of internet/telephony customers increased by approximately 25% compared to the end of June 2010, to 740,000. The Baden-Württemberg operator generated first half revenues of €300.2 million, a 10.7% increase on the previous year. Adjusted EBITDA was […]

German TV sales down in first half

Sales of TV sets in Germany for the first half of this year numbered 4.4 million units, down from 4.7 million for the same period last year, according to the latest CEMIX consumer electronics market index. LCD TV sales fell by a smaller amount – 1.3%. About 30% of sales for the first half were […]

Kabel Deutschland on track to meet targets

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) remains on track to meet its targets for the year after recording solid revenue-generating unit and revenue growth for the first quarter, according to CEO Adrian von Hammerstein. KDG recorded 12.835 million revenue-generating units at the end of the quarter, up 596,000 year-on-year. Premium TV subscriptions numbered 1.317 million, […]

HD Plus to deliver internet-connected set-tops

NetRange NMH has been contracted to develop and operate a portal for internet-enabled satellite receivers for HD Plus, satellite operator SES Astra’s German HD platform. New compatible receivers for the HD Plus service will be equipped with Hamburg-based NetRange NMH’s HD InterActive feature.