Germany


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 […]

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 Infosat.de 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 Sport1.de 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 […]