KDG survey reveals shift to internet viewing

About 17% of Germans are using time-shifted TV, with a third of German 16-29 year-olds are increasingly viewing time-shifted internet TV services rather than viewing broadcast channels, according to a survey carried out by Ipsos for cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG). About 70% of young adults accessed online services via a smartphone, compared with 47% […]

KDG turns to Comarch for network and service management

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has tapped OSS provider Comarch to optimise its network and service management processes. KDG will use Comarch network and service inventory and inventory planning software to optimise its network expansion and support the growth of its coverage and capacity, and will use Comarch OSS process management software to improve […]

KDG restricts pubcaster availability in carriage fee dispute

Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has restricted the availability of public broadcast channels from ARD and ZDF on its network to the legally required minimum as a result of an ongoing dispute between German cable operators and the country’s pubcasters over carriage fees. From today, KDG will “align the bandwidth” of the public broadcasters’ services with those […]

KDG passes one million HD sub mark

German cable operator KDG has passed the landmark of one million HD subscribers. The operator said it had added 600,000 new HD customers this year. KDG offers a total of 45 HD channels in various packages. It faces competition from HD Plus, the DTH service from SES that counted 761,456 paying subscribers at the end […]

KDG expands VOD platform

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has rolled its VOD service out to around 290,000 homes in Bremen, Wilhelmshaven and Wolfsburg. Households in those areas can now choose from up to 6,000 movies and TV episodes from KDG’s Select Video platform. The expanded service now reaches around 2.3 million homes.

KDG’s acquisition of Tele Columbus faces competition hurdle

Germany’s competition authority the Bundeskartellamt has initially rejected the acquisition of Tel Columbus by rival operator KDG. Germany’s largest operator, KDG, said the step was “not unusual” in German M&A proceedings. Kabel Deutschland said in a statement that it was convinced that consumers and competition in Germany would clearly benefit from the proposed acquisition. If […]

KDG sees premium TV growth

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland added 81,000 premium TV RGUs during the second quarter ending September 30, bringing the total premium TV RGU base to 1.9 million. Of those additions, new DVR customers accounted for 47,000 with the remaining coming from pay TV customers.  KDG’s growing premium TV penetration has seen total blended TV ARPU […]

KDG to focus on Tele Columbus acquisition, will compete with Unitymedia

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) is not planning further acquisitions in the immediate future and will focus on integrating Tele Columbus’s networks pending a positive Cartel Office decision, according to CEO Adrian von Hammerstein. Interviewed by newspaper Die Welt, Von Hammerstein said that KDG would not divest Tele Columbus networks in North-Rhine Westphalia and […]

KDG providing free Wi-Fi in Berlin

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland has teamed up with the Berlin-Brandenburg media authority to launch a public Wi-Fi project in Berlin. KDG is supporting 44 public hotspots across the city, providing download speeds of up to 100Mbps. Current areas covered include Hackescher Markt, Gendarmenmarkt, Unter den Linden and Kastanienallee and Kollwitz. A further 60 hotspots […]

KDG boosts HD line up with AXN, Cartoon Network and Kinowelt

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland has added international channels AXN HD and Cartoon Network HD along with movie channel Kinowelt HD to its platform. Sony’s male-skewed channel AXN HD offers US series including Breaking Bad, Californication and House of Lies. Turner’s Cartoon Network HD airs kids programming including Ben 10 and The Amazing World of […]