Germany


Sky Deutschland extends TNA wrestling deal

Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has extended its deal with Nashville-based TNA Entertainment to show Total Nonstop Action Wrestling exclusively for a further year. Under the latest deal, Sky will show TNA’s Impact Wrestling show on Sky Sports and will provide live coverage of TNA’s 12 pay-per-view events on Sky Select. Sky has also secured […]

Sky Sports News HD launches

Sky Deutschland has launched its news sports news channel. Sky Sports News HD went live on New Year’s Day at 12:00. Brian Sullivan, CEO of Sky Deutschland, said: “The launch of Sky Sport News HD is a landmark in the history of Sky. A 24-hour live sport news channel signals something completely new in the […]

Liberty Global faces opposition to German merger

German alternative telecom operator association the VATM has added its voice to that of pay TV provider Sky Deutschland in expressing strong reservations about the proposed merger of Liberty Global-owned cable operator Unitymedia with Baden-Württemberg operator Kabel BW. The VATM is calling for open access to the network of the combined operator as a condition […]

KDG expands VOD network

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) is rolling its video-on-demand platform out to the cities of Rostock and Wismar. The operator’s Video Select service will be available to 130,000 households in the two cities from tomorrow. Content on the platform includes movies and TV shows in both SD and HD. The additions mean that from […]

Sky delivers HD channels to Bavarian cable operator

Bavarian cable operator KMS is to start offering Sky Deutschland’s HD channels to its customers. The companies have signed an agreement that will see 15 HD channels launching on KMS’s cable network, including the recently launched Sky Sports News HD channel, with a further five HD channels to follow next year. KMS serves approximately 550,000 […]

DT to deliver wireless IPTV with Celeno

Deutsche Telekom has chosen semiconductor manufacturer Celeno to help it deliver IPTV wirelessly around the home. The telco has selected Celeno’s CL1820 Wi-Fi chip and OptimizAIR technology to power its Speedport W 102 Bridge. The Speedport W 102 Bridge will enable Deutsche Telekom to distribute its Entertain IPTV service wirelessly throughout the home to consumers […]

Liberty Global moves to assuage regulator on Kabel BW

Pan European cable operator Liberty Global has attempted to mitigate the concerns of Germany’s competition regulator to allow its purchase of rival cabler Kabel BW to go ahead. Liberty Global announced its intention to acquire Kabel BW for €3.16 billion in March 2011. It has subsequently proposed concessions to the Federal Cartel Office to make […]

KDG adds MTV channel

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has added music channel MTV Brand New to its platform. MTV Brand New is a pure music channel, broadcasting the latest mainstream and niche music videos. It launched in Germany in February on Deutsche Telekom’s T-Entertain IPTV platform. The channel is available in KDG’s Premium Extra package.

Vodafone expands HD line-up

Vodafone is adding three new HD channels to its German IPTV platform. From December 1, the operator will include Sixx HD, TELE 5 HD and N24 HD in its line-up. The addition of the channels will take the total number of HD channels on the platform to 18.

ProSiebenSat.1 set on Fun and Emotions

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1’s forthcoming new pay TV channel will be named ProSieben Fun, according to local reports. Christoph Bellmer, managing director of ProSiebenSat.1’s digital production subsidiary SevenSenses, said that the comedy channel, which will be launched in the next few months, will be positioned as the “edgy” little brother to ProSieben. The existing Sat.1 Comedy […]