RTL Group

RTL Deutschland launches new free-to-air channel

RTL Deutschland has launched a new free-to-air channel focusing on general entertainment. RTL Plus will be headed by Jan Peter Lacher, who will continue in his current role as senior vice-president of programme planning at RTL Television. He will report to RTL television programming managing director Frank Hoffmann in both roles. The German channel will […]

RTL says ‘owning content is key to growth’

RTL has reported a full-year uptick in profit and revenue as the company’s German operation posted solid growth. Management said producing content and owning rights will be key to further growth, while existing content division FremantleMedia reported an increase in FY2015 revenue, but a sharp decline in EBIDTA profit. Broadcast and content giant RTL reported […]

RTL International goes live

RTL Group’s new entertainment channel aimed at German speakers and ex-pats around the world has launched in Canada, Southern Africa, Australia, Israel and Georgia. RTL International, a pay channel, is available via satellite, cable, IP and over-the-top platforms. As of March it will also be available online and as an app. Current platform partners are […]

Digital and German ad market boosts RTL Group

Broadcaster RTL Group benefited from a strong performance from its core German advertising-driven business and fast-growing digital unit in the third quarter to deliver revenue growth of 7.5% to €1.853 billion. Among RTL’s digital properties, MCNs BroadbandTV and StyleHaul saw revenue growth of 85% and 98% respectively, while SpotX was up 62%. RTL said that […]

Digital growth boost for RTL

Strong digital growth has boosted RTL Group’s figures for the first half of this year, despite a mixed picture on the advertising front. The Germany-based broadcast group saw digital revenues rise by 94% to €219 million. Overall, group revenue was €2.788 billion, up 3.8%, and EBITDA was €628 million, up 2.6%. The group highlighted its […]

RTL Group creates Digital Hub for video growth

RTL Group has created a digital hub that will manage RTL Group’s portfolio of digital acquisitions and help support their international expansion. The RTL Digital Hub team will develop the firm’s investments in multichannel networks, in particular BroadbandTV and StyleHaul, and in the digital advertising sales businesses SpotXchange and Clypd. The RTL Digital Hub will also work […]

Germany and digital keep RTL on even keel

A stronger advertising market in Germany and digital growth helped keep RTL Group’s top line more or less stable for the first quarter. Revenues were down slightly from €1.313 billion to €1.308 billion, with a higher sales at RTL Deutschland being offset by lower revenue at France’s M6 Group and production outfit FremantleMedia. Digital revenues […]

RTL leads US$19.4m round in ad technology firm Clypd

RTL Group has lead a US$19.4 million (€18 million) round of funding in TV advertising technology firm Clypd, in its second major investment in the programmatic ad space.  Clypd said it will use the series B round, which was also contributed to by TiVo, to accelerate growth of the company’s platform “to help TV media […]

RTL sees boost from digital services

RTL Group saw a boost from digital activities last year as it posted full-year revenues of of €5.8 billion. Both revenue and EBIDTA profit of €1.145 billion were fractionally down. It noted its success in the digital realm and said its digital strategy was starting to pay dividends. Digital revenue was up 26.6% at €295 […]

UPC Austria adds RTL HD channels

Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Austria has added five HD channels from RTL Group to its offering.  The operator has made HD versions of RTL, RTL II, Super RTL, RTL Nitro and Vox avaialble as parrt of its HD Extra Plus package. The package, which already includes the HD channels of ProSiebenSat.1’s Austrian subsidiary ProSiebenSat.1 […]