Germany


German football chief calls for rethink on ‘single buyer’ rule for rights

The chief executive of the German football association, the DFL, has questioned whether there is a need for a ‘no single buyer’ rule in forthcoming auctions of Bundesliga rights. Speaking to the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, Christian Seifert questioned whether the rule imposed by the Bundeskartellamt, the German competition watchdog during the most recent rights auction, […]

Vodafone Deutschland completes digital switchover

Vodafone Deutschland has completed the digitisation of its cable network, following the shutting down of the last analogue TV and radio signals in Saxony-Anhalt. Vodafone said that the closure of the last analogue services in the town of Stendal meant that the operator had now freed up capacity formerly used to transmit analogue TV channels […]

Deutsche Telekom teams up with EWE for fibre JV

Deutsche Telekom has struck a partnership agreement with energy utility and telecommunications provider EWE to create a joint venture to roll out fibre networks in Lower Saxony, North-Rhine Westphalia and Bremen. The new venture, Glasfaser NordWest, aims to provide fibre connectivity to up to 1.5 million homes and businesses across the three German federal states. […]

M7 Deutschland extends deal with FTTH operator

International pay TV operator M7 Group’s German subsidiary M7 Deutschland has extended an agreement with fibre-to-the-home network operator Deutsche Glasfaser to provide IPTV services across the latter’s network. The agreement means that Deutsche Glasfaser customers will continue to receive around 80 German and international channels from the M7 portfolio. Christian Heinkele, CEO of Eviso Deutschland, […]

EC reportedly set to warn Vodafone on Liberty Global deal

The EC is about the issue a warning to Vodafone about potentially anti-competitive effects of its acquisition of Liberty Global’s German and central European assets, according to a Reuters report. Citing unnamed sources, Reuters reports that the EC will issue a statement of objectives including a warning about its concerns ahead of the June 3 […]

Panasonic deploys HbbTV OpApp for HD+ access in Germany

Panasonic has launched the first commercial deployment of the HbbTV Operator App, allowing viewers in Germany to access the HD+ platform direct through their TV. The HbbTV OpApp specification lets users access the full HD+ bouquet of live and on-demand TV on any 2019 Panasonic OLED UHD smart TV sold in Germany. HD+ channels and […]

ProSiebenSat.1 ‘must deliver’ on targeted advertising strategy

German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1must “deliver on its ambitions to accelerate growth in its non-traditional linear advertising business” to convince investors, according to analysts at Berenberg. According to the analysts, the company’s stock price already reflects the risk of further downgrades after a difficult year. However, Berenberg sees a likelihood of “robust demand for targeted TV […]

Sky Deutschland adds YouTube, ARTE apps to Sky Q

Sky Deutschland is rolling out a “comprehensive software update” for Sky Q in the coming weeks that will include the addition of the YouTube and ARTE apps on the platform. YouTube content in Ultra HD will be playable with Sky Q while the ARTE App will offer the German-French cultural channel’s livestream and programmes in […]

RTL’s Habets rejects streaming collaboration with ProSiebenSat.1

RTL CEO Bert Habets rejected collaboration with rival ProSiebenSat.1 to create a common streaming platform at the company’s full year results presentation at the end of last week, according to local reports. Habets said he was “very confident” that RTL can develop its own streaming offering in a way that delivers growth and economies of […]

RTL sets ambitious SVOD target, promises big original content investment

RTL aims to grow the number of paying subscribers to its SVOD services to three million and to grow revenue from video-on-demand to €360 million by 2021, after the number of paying subscribers to its services passed the one million mark at the end of last year. CEO Bert Habets said the group would focus […]