RTL Group

RTL channels back on Deutsche Telekom’s Entertain after three-year absence

RTL Group and Deutsche Telekom have settled a dispute over conditions for carriage of the former’s channels on the latter’s Entertain IPTV offering and RTL channels will now be available on Telekom’s service. Deutsche Telekom has meanwhile also said that it is expanding its offering with the launch of 24 new HD channels, including n-tv […]

RTL plans Russia exit

European broadcast giant RTL Group is planning to exit the Russian market after reportedly failing to gain control of leading channel operator National Media Group. Last week, RTL revealed it was exercising a put option to sell the 7.5% stake it owns in NMG. The value of the stake was €81 milion, RTL added. Yesterday, […]

RTL Group strong despite ad slump

RTL Group reported strong first half results, despite ad market decreases in all of its core markets except Germany, which remained stable year-on-year.  The firm attributed these ad conditions for a slight decrease in revenue, which was down 1.3% year-on-year to €2.78 billion. However, profit was up 52.6% to €418 million, while reported EBITDA was […]

RTL Group invests US$36m in YouTube network BroadbandTV

RTL Group has partnered with multi-channel YouTube content network BroadbandTV, putting US$36 million (€27.7 million) into the firm in the first of a string of planned investments.  The deal, designed to increase RTL Group’s expansion in the online video market while upping BroadbandTV’s global growth strategy, gives RTL Group a 51% shareholding in BroadbandTV. RTL […]

UPC Cablecom to carry RTL HD channels

Liberty Global-owned Swiss cable operator UPC Cablecom is to start broadcasting RTL Group channels RTL, RTL II, Vox and Super RTL in HD from June 19. The channels will be available to customers with an additional digital package. UPC Cablecom will also stop broadcasting sports channel Sport Szene Fernsehen SSF in analogue on June 19. […]

RTL invests in YouTube fashion network StyleHaul

RTL Group has acquired a minority stake in StyleHaul, a YouTube fashion and beauty network that was co-founded by Machinima CEO Allen DeBevoise. With the investment, Giles Drew from RTL Group’s Corporate Strategy team will join StyleHaul’s board of directors, RTL confirmed. Though details of the agreement were not disclosed, StyleHaul is reported to have […]

RTL Group raises €1.4 billion through secondary IPO

RTL Group’s owner Bertelsmann has raised €1.4 billion through a secondary public offering of shares in the European broadcaster. Following the secondary public offering of 25.5 million shares at €55.50, including a 2.3 million over-allotment, global media group Bertelsmann now holds 75.1% of RTL, which counts producer FremantleMedia and a slew of channels across Europe in […]

Zattoo to stream 4+ in Switzerland

Switzerland-based online TV service provider Zattoo has signed a deal with Swiss commercial broadcaster 3 Plus Group to broadcast its 4+ channel over the web in the country. The recently launched 4+ channel, which went live in October, broadcasts movies – particularly action, fantasy, thriller and comedy titles. It also airs US series in German and […]

Bertelsmann confirms RTL stake sale

German publishing company Bertelsmann has confirmed that it plans to reduce its holding in broadcaster RTL Group, but maintain a majority stake of “at least 75%.” Following reports last month, Bertelsmann confirmed that it would complete the move by way of a “secondary public offering,” resulting in a significant increase in RTL Group shares. Shares […]

Bertelsmann reportedly planning to float part of RTL stake

German publishing company Bertelsmann is preparing to sell part of its stake in broadcaster RTL Group and may take the first steps towards a placement on the public markets early next month, according to Reuters.  Reuters, citing two people familiar with the matter, has reported that Bertelsmann is planning to cut its 92.3% stake in […]