Germany


KiKi kids VOD service launches on Philips connected TV

German kids video-on-demand service KiKi – Kinderkino has launched on Philips’ connected TV platform. The KiKi app will be pre-installed on Philips flat screen TVs, offering access to a variety of kids movies and series. Kiki – Kinderkino provides access to movies, series and short films via is web portal for online viewing and download. […]

Primacom offers autumn promotions

German cable operator Primacom has begun offering a TV package consisting of 200 channels, including 10 in HD for €9.99 per month during a promotional period. Customers signing up before October 31 will pay €9.99 for the first six months and €19.99 thereafter. They will also be able to watch the Family package for free […]

France 24 Entertains in Germany

France 24 has expanded its distribution in Germany by signing a carriage deal with Deutsche Telekom. The English version of the channel is now available on Entertain, Deutsche Telekom’s IPTV platform. The deal will bring France 24 to an additional 1.3 million German households, taking its footprint in the country to over 20 million homes. […]

Satellite homes pass 17 million in Germany

The number of German households receiving satellite TV services has passed 17 million for the first time, according to satellite operator SES. SES said the number of satellite households in Germany increased to 17.1 million during the first half of the year, while cable homes fell by 260,000 to 17.8 million and DTT homes fell […]

Zattoo launches pay TV service in Germany

Switzerland-based online TV service provider Zattoo has launched a pay TV option, Zattoo Plus, in Germany and Switzerland. In Germany, Zattoo is offering a €9.90 subscription service, renewable each month. Zattoo is offering seven channels: Auto Motor and Sport Channel, Planet, FuelTV, Outdoor Sports Channel, Deutsches Musik Fernsehen, Body In Balance and Yourfamily Dabei. Jan […]

Vodafone plans TV-over-LTE rollout

Vodafone Deutschland is to turn on its LTE network in its home city of Düsseldorf this month as part of a plan to expand its LTE network throughout Germany and include TV as part of the offering. Vodafone is currently deploying a hybrid set-top delivering IPTV and interactive services via DSL as well as TV […]

Tele Columbus names new finance chief

German cable operator Tele Columbus has named Frank Posnanski as chief financial officer. Posnanski, who takes over from Paul Taaffe, was previously chief financial officer and CEO of Digital Identification Solutions, and has also worked for Kabel BW. The operator has also named Maik Emmermann to the new position of chief marketing and sales officer. […]

Germans confused over implications of switchover

Over 30% of Germans are unaware that analogue cable services will continue after analogue satellite services are switched off in April next year, according to a survey carried out by Ipsos on behalf of cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG). Just over half of respondents new that analogue cable services would continue after digital switchover on […]

Kabel BW offers quad-play

Kabel BW has launched two new quad play offerings combining TV, internet, fixed line and mobile telephony services. Priced at €49.90, the CleverAll Classic package offers over 200 TV channels, including eight HD channels, 32Mbps broadband, flat rate calls to German landlines and up to five mobile SIM cards that offer free calls to other […]

EBU-backed social network pilot goes live

An EBU-backed pilot that uses social networks to allow TV viewers to choose broadcasters’ schedules has launched in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Slovenia. The project, called Eurovision TV Lab, is being trialled until September 3 by ZDF in Germany, Slovenia’s RTVSLO and VRT in Belgium, with users able to vote for their favourite pilot […]