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Kabel BW shops for QVD HD

German cable operator Kabel BW has added shopping channel QVC HD to its offering and will begin airing QVC Beauty next month. The HD version of QVC, which launched in September, airs daily themed shows covering fashion, accessories, beauty and vitality, household, technology, jewellery and watches, kitchenware and hobbies. QVC Beauty focusses on beauty, wellness, […]

NDS supplying CA for Kabel BW CI Plus

NDS is supplying the conditional access technology for German cable operator Kabel BW’s CI Plus offering. Kabel BW launched CI Plus at the beginning of the month, enabling viewers with compatible TVs to view its digital services without the need for a set-top box. The module is based on NDS’s VideoGuard CA system. Yves Padrines, […]

Kabel BW launches package aimed at analogue satellite viewers

German cable operator Kabel BW has launched a new package to attract former satellite TV viewers unhappy with the cessation of analogue broadcasts via satellite. The Action package from Kabel BW gives viewers access to analogue and digital channels as well as a free HD receiver. In total, Action package customers will have access to […]

Kabel BW merger faces opposition

German telco and pay TV operator Deutsche Telekom and pay TV service provider NetCologne have filed an appeal against the merger between Kabel BW and Unitymedia. The companies have filed an appeal with the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf against the country’s Federal Cartel Office, which approved the merger. Deutsche Telekom and NetCologne claim that […]

Kabel BW launches CI Plus module

Kabel BW is launching a CI Plus module. The German cable operator will begin offering the module from February 1 for €3.50 per month for a minimum contract period of 24 months. It will give users access to Kabel BW’s SD and HD channels as well as the Sky Deutschland channels offered via its cable […]

Liberty’s Kabel BW merger given green light

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, the Bundeskartellamt, has approved the acquisition of Baden-Württemberg cable operator Kabel BW by Liberty Global. Liberty Global announced its intention to acquire Kabel BW for €3.16 billion in March 2011. The proposed deal had been opposed by a number of parties, including Sky who pointed to the threat posed by the […]

Liberty Global faces opposition to German merger

German alternative telecom operator association the VATM has added its voice to that of pay TV provider Sky Deutschland in expressing strong reservations about the proposed merger of Liberty Global-owned cable operator Unitymedia with Baden-Württemberg operator Kabel BW. The VATM is calling for open access to the network of the combined operator as a condition […]

Liberty Global moves to assuage regulator on Kabel BW

Pan European cable operator Liberty Global has attempted to mitigate the concerns of Germany’s competition regulator to allow its purchase of rival cabler Kabel BW to go ahead. Liberty Global announced its intention to acquire Kabel BW for €3.16 billion in March 2011. It has subsequently proposed concessions to the Federal Cartel Office to make […]

Kabel BW continues growth momentum

German cable operator Kabel BW ended September with a total of 4.3 million RGUs, a year-on-year increase of 477,000. The operator has seen growth across all of its products in the first nine months of the year, including pay TV which was up 36% to 353,000 RGUs. Pay TV ARPU in the third quarter increased […]

Cartel office extends Kabel BW review, Liberty offers concessions



The German cartel office has extended its review into Liberty Global’s proposed takeover of German cabler Kabel BW. Liberty, meanwhile, has offered unspecified concessions to help push the deal through.
 The cartel office will issue its preliminary review of the deal within days, after which Liberty and Kabel BW can make an official response. The […]