Germany


Cartel office extends Kabel BW review, Liberty offers concessions



The German cartel office has extended its review into Liberty Global’s proposed takeover of German cabler Kabel BW. Liberty, meanwhile, has offered unspecified concessions to help push the deal through.
 The cartel office will issue its preliminary review of the deal within days, after which Liberty and Kabel BW can make an official response. The […]

Sky Sports News HD set for December launch

Sky Sports News HD will launch in Germany and Austria on December 1, pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has announced. The 24-hour sports news channel will be available on TV, iPad, iPhone, internet and Xbox 360. Sky has hired 200 employees to work on the channel, including 13 presenters.

German online TV grows

Germany currently has 1,418 online TV services attracting 166 million hits daily, according to Bavarian media regulator the BLM’s Web TV Monitor 2011. Usage of online TV services is up 10% on the previous year, according to the survey, carried out on behalf of the BLM by Goldmedia. Short clips of three to five minutes […]

Sport1 takes MotoGP rights


German channel Sport1 has secured TV rights to the MotoGP motorcycle racing series. The Constantin Media-owned pay TV channel has inked a rights deal with Dorna Sports and taken exclusive TV, mobile and online rights to the series, which comprises 18 races a year, for three years.

Kabel BW strikes deal with Stuttgart housing group

German cable operator Kabel BW has struck a deal with the Stuttgart Housing and Urban Development Company (SWSG) to deliver its services to all SWSG tenants in the city. Stuttgart residents will be able to receive about 40 analogue and over 200 digital TV channels. SWSG residents will also be able to access video-on-demand and […]

Kabel BW HD line-up reaches 40

Kabel BW is claiming to offer more HD channels than any other German TV operator having added Nat Geo Wild HD to its line-up. The cable operator now carries a total of 40 HD channels. The addition of Nat Geo Wild HD takes the number of HD channels launched since January to 10. The operator […]

Sky Deutschland takes Sky Go to Xbox 360

German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has signed a deal with Microsoft to bring its OTT Sky Go service to the Xbox 360. Sky Go offers various content including live football matches and premium movies via mobile devices including iPads and iPhones. The service will be available to Xbox Live Gold members with a Sky […]

Court calls on ARD and newspaper publishers to enter talks

A German court has rejected an initial appeal by newspaper publishers to stop public broadcaster ARD from making a free daily news app available across the country, but has called on the two sides to negotiate an out-of-court deal, according to local reports. The ruling means that public broadcasters will be able to continue, for […]

ProSiebenSat.1 strikes Disney digital deal

German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has struck a deal with Disney that will see over 500 new titles added to its Maxdome video-on-demand service. The deal, which was struck with Disney Germany, will see a raft of kids and family programming from the Disney Channel as well as a number of feature films featured on the […]

Lovefilm Germany launches iPhone app

Lovefilm Germany has launched an app for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. The app, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store, provides access to about 45,000 movie titles. Lovefilm, which already streams movies via the Sony Playstation 3 and Sony Bravia connected LCD TVs and Blu-ray players, also recently signed a deal […]