Germany


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.

Kabel BW upgrades Ravensburg

German cable operator Kabel BW has upgraded its network in Ravensburg in southern Baden-Württemberg. The upgrade of the former Tele Columbus network in Ravensburg will make high-speed internet and digital TV services available to a further 1,100 households in the southern German state. The operator says that all its products will be available across its […]

Primacom launches home alarm system

German cable operator Primacom has launched an emergency alarm system targeting its elderly and vulnerable customers. The operator has launched the service in partnership with Sonotel, a non-profit organisation that supplies home care and social communication services. Users are supplied with a device that can be worn around the wrist or neck that when pressed […]

Star Capital reportedly looking to acquire Tele Columbus

Private equity company Star Capital is looking to buy German cable operator Tele Columbus, according to local press. FT Deutschland has reported that the UK-based group, which already owns German cable operator Pepcom, is in negotiations to buy Tele Columbus. Pepcom, which was acquired last year, has about 630,000 subscribers, while the much larger Tele […]

Sky Deutschland narrows losses, increases revenues

Sky Deutschland reduced its losses and increased revenues in the second quarter of the year. The German pay TV operator reported second-quarter after-tax loss of €53.6 million, compared to a loss of €81.9 million a year earlier. Revenues were up 17% year-on-year to €276.7 million. Operationally, Sky added 33,000 customers during the quarter meaning first […]

Kabel BW to carry ProSiebenSat.1’s HD channels

German cable operator Kabel BW will offer ProSiebenSat.1’s HD channels SAT.1 HD, ProSieben HD, Kabel Eins HD and Sixx HD on its platform from Monday August 15. The German broadcaster has renewed its carriage deal with Kabel BW that, as well as the addition of the HD channels, will add pay TV channels Sat.1 Comedy […]

Arte strikes deal with Vice Media for online distribution

French and German public broadcaster Arte has struck a deal with online video operator Vice Media. The move will see a raft of content from the youth lifestyle brand airing across Arte. Programming will include concerts from its recently launched new music platform Noisey. Benjamin Ruth, managing director, Vice Deutschland, said: “Arte Live Web offers […]

Helmut Thoma planning network of German regional channels

Former RTL Germany chief Helmut Thoma is planning to launch a national network of regional channels in Germany, according to local reports. Thoma and business partner Helmut Kaiser’s Volks-TV venture has received a green light from media regulator the KEK and regional licensing group ZAK. The pair plan to raise €30 million from outside investors, […]

Fox HD and Nat Geo Wild HD to launch on Sky Deutschland

Fox HD and Nat Geo Wild HD are to launch on Sky Deutschland in Germany and Austria later this year. The two channels will launch on Sky on October 15, exclusive to the News Corp-backed pay TV platform. Entertainment channel Fox HD will air shows including Mad Men and Walking Dead in HD quality, while […]

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