Germany


Tele Columbus signs up to deliver fibre in Schleswig-Holstein

German cable operator Tele Columbus, which operates under the PŸUR brand, has signed up for a regional government-supported initiative to develop fibre networks in Schleswig-Holstein. The operator has joined the Bündnis für den Glasfaserausbau, an alliance to promote fibre deployment in the northern German state. Tele Columbus CEO Timm Degenhardt signed up to the alliance […]

Beta Film and Deutsche Telekom team up to strengthen Magenta TV

Beta Film and Deustche Telekom are launching a strategic partnership to boost European series on Telekom’s Magenta TV. The long-term agreement will allow the platform to draw from Beta’s catalogue of high-end European programming. Italian series Il Cacciatore – The Hunter, Eastern Europe’s Wasteland (pictured) and Spain’s Cocaine Coast will be the first European titles to appear on the channel. […]

Zattoo to take over Magine’s German streaming base

Switzerland-based Zattoo is to take over the German direct-to-consumer streaming service operated by Sweden-based outfit Magine at the end of February. The agreement between the pair means that Magine’s 150,000 active users in the German market will receive an offer from Zattoo for its premium service free for two months. Magine is to discontinue its […]

Vodafone sees Spanish TV numbers bounce back

Vodafone saw its revenue slip in the fiscal third quarter but recovered ground in Spain, where it has been under pressure from Telefónica and Orange since dropping top-tier football from its offering. In Spain, Vodafone grew its TV base by 13,000, compared with a loss of 66,000 in its dire second quarter, taking its TV […]

Vodafone Deutschland adds eSports1 to offering

Vodafone Deutschland has added eSports service eSports1 to its Vodafone TV offering, replacing Sport1 US HD. The eSports channel will feature over 1,200 live hours of eSports action along with highlights and magazine content including Wednesday magazine show Inside eSports. Broadcasting rights this year include live and highlight coverage of four ESL one events as […]

Vodafone Deutschland taps Metrological for GigaTV apps

Vodafone Deutschland has chosen Metrological to deliver integrated apps and premium OTT TV content for its GigaTV advanced TV platform. According to Metrological, the agreement will give Vodafone customers access to a wide range of premium OTT TV services as well niche content and localised apps, integrated directly into the GigaTV UI, through the Metrological […]

Vodafone Deutschland integrates Spotify for mobile subs

Cable and mobile service provider Vodafone Deutschland has struck a partnership with music streaming outfit Spotify to enable its mobile subscribers to add Spotify’s premium service to their mobile packages for €9.99. Vodafone customers can sign up for Spotify via the MeinVodafone app and pay via their mobile bill or from pre-paid credit. The service […]

Sport1 secures eSport highlights from DFL

German sports broadcast outfit Sport1 has struck a deal with the German football league, the DFL, to offer highlights from the latter’s Virtual Bundesliga eSports competition on its platform. Coverage of the VBL club championship, playoffs and grand final will be aired on free sports channel Sport1 and new pay TV offering eSports1 as well […]

ProSiebenSat.1 to take majority control of Aroundhome

ProSiebenSat.1’s e-commerce arm NuCom Group has acquired a majority stake in German service finder site Aroundhome from General Atlantic and the company’s founders. NuCom which previously held a 42% stake in the outfit, has now upped this to 94% in a deal that gives Aroundhome an enterprise value of €140 million. The purchase means that […]

Bundesliga strikes Icelandic deal

The German Bundesliga has awarded local rights to Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 football matches for the nex three seasons until 2020-21 to Icelandic free-to-air broadcaster SportTV. The Bundesliga will be the broadcaster’s lead property, with its OTT and IPTV services become the home of Germany’s top-flight leagues in Iceland. The deal is the latest agreement […]