Germany


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 […]

Tele Columbus completes FTTB rollout in Plauen

German cable operator Tele Columbus has completed the rollout of its fibre-to-the-building network to 12,000 homes in the city of Plauen in Saxony. The operator connected over 1,100 buildings belonging to housing associations WbG Wohnungsbaugesellschaft Plauen mbH and AWG Wohnungsgenossenschaft Plauen eG to its Gigabit-capable network. Construction work on the project started at the beginning […]

NHK World-Japan extends German reach with Vodafone Deutschland deal

NHK World-Japan, the 24-hour international English-language channel from Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, has launched on Vodafone Deutschland’s cable network in Germany. The channel will be available as an unencrypted, free-to-air service in standard definition, available to Vodafone’s 7.6 million cable TV customers across 13 federal states. NHK World-Japan will also from part of Vodafone’s TV […]

Vodafone confident on ultimate approval for Liberty Global deal

Vodafone has told Bloomberg that its proposed US$20.6 billion (€18.4 billion) takeover of Liberty Global’s cable assets in Germany and Eastern Europe is still on track for completion in mid-2019, despite regulatory scrutiny of the deal. The update followed news that the European Commission has sent both companies a statement of objections setting out why […]

RTL names Rabe as CEO after Habets quits

RTL Group has named its chairman Thomas Rabe as CEO following the unexpected resignation of Bert Habets. Rabe will take on the role in addition to his existing duties as chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann, RTL’s 71.5% majority shareholder. RTL said that Habets had decided to resign as CEO and leave the RTL board for […]

Tele Columbus revenues stable, sees boost from completion of integration

German cable operator Tele Columbus, which operates under the PŸUR brand, saw revenue in the fourth quarter of last year remain stable at €126.6 million, with the revenues from the outfit’s growing B2B business offsetting lower consumer internet and telephony revenues. However, investments in customer service, headcount and growth initiatives in the B2B sector meant […]

M7 Deutschland teams up with BrightBlue

Pay TV provider M7 Group’s German subsidiary M7 Deutschland has teamed up with BrightBlue, the white-label IPTV platform launched by fibre network provider Deutsche Glasfaser last year, to collaborate on the provision of IPTV content to FTTH operators. BrightBlue has integrated M7’s TV packages for distribution to  FTTH providers. The partnership agreement will give BrightBlue […]

Discovery to launch HGTV in Germany

Discovery is due to launch home and lifestyle network HGTV in Germany, marking the channel’s first European rollout since Discovery completed its takeover of Scripps Networks Interactive last year. HGTV will go live in Germany as a free-to-air channel in June and Discovery said that further launches will follow. The channel launched in Poland two […]

German football chief calls for rethink on ‘single buyer’ rule for rights

The chief executive of the German football association, the DFL, has questioned whether there is a need for a ‘no single buyer’ rule in forthcoming auctions of Bundesliga rights. Speaking to the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, Christian Seifert questioned whether the rule imposed by the Bundeskartellamt, the German competition watchdog during the most recent rights auction, […]

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