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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 […]

DAZN to launch advertising on streaming service

Sports streaming operator DAZN is to introduce advertising on its platform as part of a company-wide revamp that will see existing media sales outfit Perform Media renamed DAZN Media and the launch of a new ‘amplification platform’ called DAZN+. DAZN plans to introduce sponsorship and advertising on its streaming platform for the first time as […]

ProSiebenSat.1 chief denies streaming service will cannibalise TV

ProSiebenSat.1 plans to launch the new streaming service it is building in partnership with Discovery “with everything we’ve got”, according to CEO Max Conze, who added that the OTT TV offering would not cannibalise the commercial broadcaster’s existing business. Speaking to analyts after ProSiebenSat.1 somewhat disappointing results last week, Conze said that, in relation to […]

ProSiebenSat.1 names Nick Thexton as CTO

German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has named former YouView and Cisco service provider video technology chief Nick Thexton as its CTO. Thexton, who comes to ProSiebenSat.1 from Inmarsat, where he is currently chief digital and product officer, will take up his new role in June, reporting to CEO Max Conze. He will be part of the […]

Tele Columbus chairman to quit ahead of schedule

German cable operator Tele Columbus’ supervisory board chairman Frank Donck is resigning ahead of the expiry of his term later this year. Donck has served as chairman since the incorporation of Tele Columbus in 2014, during which time he helped push through the company’s IPO, the acquisition of cable operators Primacom and Pepcom and the […]

Vodafone Deutschland upgrades more homes to Gigabit speed

Vodafone Deutschland has upgraded 134,000 cable homes in the city of Lübeck in northern Germany to receive Gigabit broadband. The upgrade means that residents of the city can surf the web with download speeds of 1Gbps. Vodafone has teamed up with housing associations Neue Lübecker Norddeutsche Baugenossenschaft eG and Lübecker Buaverein eG for the launch […]

KKR plans German media powerhouse with Tele München acquisition

Private-equity group KKR has acquired German media group Tele München Group (TMG) from its owner Herbert Kloiber after 42 years of the latter’s ownership of the outfit, with plans to refocus the company to take advantage of digital disruption. KKR has named former ZDF entertainment chief, Sat.1 and Kirch Media MD and Constantin Media chief […]

ProSiebenSat.1-Discovery JV makes key management appointments

ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery’s German joint-venture 7TV’s CEO Alexander Vassilev has strengthened his management team by naming Katja Hofem as co-managing director for content, marketing and partner management and Jochen Cassel as co-managing director responsible for finance, legal and HR. The JV has also named Contanze Gilles as SVP of distribution and partnerships. Hofem will be […]

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