Germany


Mediaset acquires stake in ProSiebenSat.1 in ‘long term’ move

Mediaset has made a “friendly” acquisition of a 9.6% stake in German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 in what is seen by many observers as the first major step in a wider realignment of European broadcasters. Mediaset CEO Pier Silvio Berlusconi, commenting on the move, made it clear that the acquisition was strategic, in line with his […]

Tele Columbus looks to better tomorrow after tough quarter

German cable operator Tele Columbus has put a brave face on a first quarter that saw both revenue and profit decline, pointing to reduced churn and subscriber growth and confirming financial guidance for the remainder of the year. The operator posted revenues of €120 million, down 2.7%, and normalised EBITDA of €56.8 million, down 13.1%, […]

Sky Deutschland launches Sky Q Mini and extends app reach

Sky Deutschland is to launch the Sky Q Mini box for second and third TVs and is extending the availability of the Sky Q app for providing a Sky Q experience on other devices to LG smart TVs and the Sony PlayStation 4. Sky, which launched Sky Q in Germany a year ago and has […]

New AVOD service for Germany

Bumerang TV, a new advertising-supported video-on-demand service spealising in foreign-language series has launched commercially in the German market. The service offers a range of series from countries including Turkey and Spain including Turkish historical drama Muhtesem Yüzyil– The Magnificent Century or Das Osmanische Imperium: HAREM- Der Weg zur Machtin the German version, the first time […]

ProSiebenSat.1 takes stake in VR outfit

German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has taken a 20% stake in local-based virtual reality experience provider Holodeck VR. Holodeck focuses on providing VR experiences around events and public buildings. The Nuremburg-based company currently provides experiences at seven locations but plans to increase this to around 350 over the next three years. ProSiebenSat.1 plans to increase distribution […]

RTL sees pay VOD base grow by 60%

RTL Group grew its paying video-on-demand subscriber base in Germany and the Netherlands to 1.15 million at the end of March, up 59% year-on-year. CEO Thomas Rabe hailed the “good progress” the company has made towards achieving its goal of “building local streaming champions in the European countries where we have strong families of channels”. […]

Vodafone takes hit in full-year results, but sees green shoots in Spain

Vodafone was hit by a perfect storm in its end of year results, leading the mobile and fixed telecom giant to cut its long-preserved dividend by 40% after it sustained a massive loss. While the company’s €7.6 billion loss was primarily due to a loss on disposal of Vodafone India (following the completion of the […]

ProSiebenSat.1-Discovery streaming JV Joyn to launch in June

ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery are to premiere their joint-venture streaming offering for the German market in June with the service to launch under the brand name Joyn. Joyn will offer live OTT TV streams of over 50 channels and what the pair describe as an extensive on-demand offering of original series and other content. The pair […]

Magenta TV sees success in Deutsche Telekom in Q1 earnings

Magenta TV, the OTT service offering from Deutsche Telekom, has “gained ground” in the competitive German market since its launch in October 2018, the company’s Q1 earnings report has revealed. On May 9, Deutsche Telekom announced its quarterly earnings, with growth in the OTT market proving a particular point of success. According to the report, […]

Fries: Liberty Global ‘never so well positioned’ to create value

Liberty Global has never been “so well positioned to create value for shareholders” despite the challenges it faces, according to CEO Mike Fries. Speaking after the company released modest Q1 results, Fries said that the cable giant was “on the verge of completing a series of transactions that will leave us with a more concentrated […]