RTL pay channels dropped by Sky

German commercial broadcaster RTL’s pay TV channels will cease to broadcast on pay TV operator Sky’s platform from July 17 after the pair failed to reach a mutually acceptable commercial agreement. The lack of a deal means that RTL pay channels RTL Crime, RTL Passion and RTL Living will be dropped from the Sky platform. […]

RTL to increase investments in VOD services

RTL plans to increase investments in its video-on-demand services after launching three new VOD platforms in the first quarter of the year. Announcing the company’s Q1 earnings, RTL Group CEO Bert Habets said that the company’s VOD investment will have a “clear focus on local, exclusive content.” He also said RTL will gradually move to […]

RTL to up investment in on-demand services

RTL has announced plans to increase investment in its on-demand services in the countries where it has strong families of channels. The launch of new services based on the French 6play platform in Belgium, Hungary and Croatia over the next few months will the “the first example” of RTL’s plans, according to CEO Bert Habets. […]

Broadband TV moves into original games, mobile apps

RTL-owned multi-channel network Broadband TV has launched a new business division that will build original games and mobile apps. BBTV Interactive will create multi-platform games and apps to connect digital talent with their fans, in a move that is designed to expand revenue streams and was announced at CES in Las Vegas. “We’re placing an […]

RTL acquires United Screens for €12.4 million

RTL has fully acquired Nordic multiplatform video network, United Screens, for a price of SEK 120 million (€12.4 million). RTL said the deal, which was announced today and closed on January 2, will expand its footprint as “the leading European media company in online video”. As part of the deal RTL said it also plans […]

De Posch stepping down at RTL, Habets to be sole CEO

Guillaume de Posch is stepping down from his role as co-CEO of RTL Group, leaving Bert Habets as the pan-European broadcast group’s sole chief executive. De Posch, who will step down on January 1, will continue to serve as a non-executive member of RTL Group’s Board of Directors. Habets, who was only appointed as co-CEO […]

RTL-backed Inception agrees VR deal with Kaleidoscope

RTL-backed VR firm, Inception, has launched a virtual reality channel featuring projects from the Tel Aviv-based community of VR producers, Kaleidoscope. The channel will be available on Inception’s cross-platform app, which already includes content from publishers like Pitchfork and Time Out, and will be updated weekly. “We believe that the best way to grow the […]

Ampere Analysis: media debt to fuel growth is mostly manageable

The high levels of debt being incurred by big international media companies such as Amazon, Altice, Netflix and Verizon as well as significant regional players such as Sky, ITV and Liberty Global are of much less concern than the situation of internet companies before the dot com crash at the turn of the century, according […]

RTL closes SpotX acquisition

RTL Group has closed the acquisition of advertising technology outfit SpotX. The broadcasting group acquired the 36.4% of the company itt did not already own, giving it 100% control. RTL first acquired a majority stake in SpotX in September 2014 when the company was known as SpotXchange. The broadcast group said it planned to make […]

RTL partners with Wochit for social video

Mediengruppe RTL has partnered with Wochit, a video creation platform aimed at editorial teams uploading to services like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Wochit said RTL had chosen its platform so it can create optimised, short-form social and online video, with its tools to be used by teams working across the RTL, RTL2, RTL Next and […]

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