Germany


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 […]

Vodafone moves to secure green light for Liberty Global deal

Vodafone Deutschland has struck a cable wholesale agreement with Telefónica Deutschland in a move designed ensure that the EC gives approval to cable giant Liberty Global’s sale of its Germany business to the operator. Vodafone has submitted a remedy package comprising the cable wholesale agreement and a commitment to ensure sufficient capacity is available for […]

Darroch: no single partner crucial as Sky looks to homegrown content

No single content partner is crucial to Sky’s continued success and continued investment in the pay TV operator’s homegrown content will be a key focus for the company going forward, according to CEO Jeremy Darroch. Darroch, answering a question on parent company Comcast’s Q1 earnings call on the impact of streaming, said: “I don’t feel […]

Arte planning VOD platform

Franco-German culture channel Arte is planning to launch a video-on-demand platform in partnership with Arte Deutschland, the latter’s backers, public broadcasters ARD and ZDF and France Télévisions. Arte’s aim is to offer a streaming service bringing together the “best of European public channels” in multiple languages, according to Véronique Cayla, Arte president of Arte France, […]

Tele Columbus looking at ‘new structure’ and external investor for network

German cable operator Tele Columbus has said it is mulling the possibility of bringing an external investor into a new structure that could see its network assets spun off. Responding to “recent media speculation”, the operator said that it is “in the very early stages of evaluating options to take advantage of value creating fibre […]

Mediaset denies ProSiebenSat.1 merger rumours, pulls sale of DTT unit

Mediaset and ProSiebenSat.1 have strongly denied press rumours that emerged last week that they are in talks about a possible merger. The Italian broadcaster issued a statement that “no negotiations are underway” with the German media group. ProSiebenSat.1 CEO Max Conze meanwhile told Reuters that he saw “no industrial logic” in such a combination. Conze […]