Germany


Tele Columbus posts improved financials but loses TV customers

German cable operator Tele Columbus, which trades under the PŸUR brand, has reported improved financials for the second quarter but lost 50,000 cable TV customers over the same period. The company posted revenues of €126.3 million for the quarter, up 8.4% year-on-year. Normalised EBITDA was €58.4 million, up 10.9%, with capital expenditure down 46.2% year-on-year […]

Joyn partners aim for winter premium launch and international expansion

Joyn, the German streaming joint venture between ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery, will likely add its premium SVOD tier to the existing free offering over the winter with over 10 original shows, a “vast library” and next year’s Olympic Games, with plans for international expansion next year, according to ProSiebenSat.1 chief executive Max Conze. Speaking on ProSiebenSat.1’s […]

PŸUR launches €5 internet offer as it debuts Gigabit network in Berlin

German cable operator Tele Columbus, which operates as PŸUR, has launched an aggressive price promotion of fixed-term contracts, providing its cable internet products for €5 a month. The offer applies to all of the fibre network operator’s products from the Pure Surf internet connection at 20 Mbps through to the Surf & Phone + only […]

Nationally produced fiction dominates top 10 across western Europe markets

Nationally produced fiction series continue to dominate the top 10 by audience in Germany, the UK, France, Italy and Spain, with distinct variations by genre between countries and a high degree of concentration in the channels that air the most popular series, according to a study by French media regulator the CSA. All 10 most […]

German competition watchdog gives green light to ProSiebenSat.1-RTL ad JV

German competition watchdog the Bundeskartellamt has approved commercial broadcasters ProSiebenSat.1 and RTL’s advertising joint venture D-Force. The venture is designed to establish an automated booking platform for addressable advertising to enable brands to reach target audiences at scale. Thomas Wagner, CEO of SevenOne Media said that he was “very pleased that we have received the […]

ProSiebenSat.1 profits take a hit, but Joyn reports 3.8m users

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1’s profits took a hit in the second quarter as the company invests in what it describes as “future-fit entertainment businesses” including Discovery JV Joyn, which recorded over 3.8 million active users and 2.4 million installed apps at the end of the period. ProSiebenSat.1’s CEO Max Conze conceded that the company faced “a […]

Half of Germans now taking pay TV and streaming services

Over half of German consumers now pay an average of over €30 a month for pay TV and streaming services, according to a study by price comparison site Verivox. According to Verivox’s study, 52% of Germans now watch pay TV and streaming content, spending an average of €31 for the privilege, over and above the […]

ProSiebenSat.1 stays cool as Mediaset highlights European ambition

Signs of possible tension between Mediaset and ProSiebenSat.1 are emerging, according to German press reports following an interview given by the Italian broadcaster’s chief executive Pier Silvio Berlusconi to newspaper La Stampa. Berlusconi told the Italian newspaper that MediaForEurope, the new holding company set up in the Netherlands to control both Mediaset and Spanish broadcaster […]

Vodafone and Liberty Global complete deal

Vodafone has completed its €19 billion acquisition of Liberty Global’s operations in Germany, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic. Liberty will net approximately €10.1 billion in cash from the sale. The company said that the purchase price represented a multiple for all four businesses combined of 11.5 times adjusted segment operating cash flow, or 24.0 […]

Vodafone: Liberty Global deal is a ‘decisive shift’ for the company

The acquisition of Liberty Global’s German and central European assets will make the telco “Europe’s largest owner of Gigabit next-generation network infrastructure” and “decisively shift the group’s mix in Europe to growing fixed and converged services, which will represent almost half of our consumer revenues going forwards”, according to Nick Read, the company’s CEO. Speaking […]