RTL completes sale of Belgian unit

RTL Group has closed the sale of Belgian unit RTL Belgium to the local media companies DPG Media and Groupe Rossel. RTL said the sale is in line with the group’s strategy to drive consolidation in the European TV industry to build national cross-media champions. The transaction was approved by the Belgian competition authority on […]

RTL Deutschland taps TeraVolt for GigaTV integration

RTL Deutschland has turned to Hamburg-based technology outfit TeraVolt to integrate the RTL+ streaming service into the Vodafone Deutschland GigaTV user interface. RTL aims to launch the RTL+ app on the Vodafone platform before the end of the year. RTL+ premium customers will then be able to access more than 55,000 hours of content in […]

RTL Deutschland launches Ukrainian news

RTL Germany and its news channel ntv have launched a news service in Ukrainian that will run on RTL.news, ntv.de and YouTube. The Ukraine Update will feature presenter Karolina Ashion, a formerly Kyiv-based TV journalist who fled to Germany at the beginning of the war. The segment, which will run from Monday to Friday, will […]

RTL sees rocketing streaming growth and surging revenues

Paying customers for RTL’s RTL+ and Videoland streaming services numbered 3.8 million by the end of 2021, up from 3.4 million for the third quarter. The number of paying subscribers for German streamer RTL+ more than doubled to 2.712 million compared to 1.286 million at the end of December. The strategic partnership with Deutsche Telekom […]

ProSiebenSat.1 highlights ad-focused streaming strategy, rejects RTL merger idea

ProSiebenSat.1 believes that an advertising-focused offering with a slim premium layer is the best way to maximise returns from streaming in an environment where subscription growth is levelling off. Speaking to analysts after the group posted its year-end results, CEO Rainer Beaujean said that the company’s streaming offering, Joyn, was “the cornerstone of our digital […]

RTL+ gets Warner Bros. content

RTL Deutschland is set to strengthen its streaming service RTL+ with content from WarnerMedia in a new deal with the US media giant. The company has agreed a multi-year programme volume deal with Warner Bros. Entertainment. The deal will see RTL Deutschland receive access to films and series including HBO Max originals for its growing […]

RTL agrees deal to sell off Croatian business in €50 million deal

Czech investment group PPF has announced a deal to buy RTL’s Croatian operation. The deal, which is being carried out via PPF’s subsidiary CME Media Enterprises, values RTL Croatia at €50 million. CME will acquire 100% of the broadcaster, and has secured the long-term rights to retain the use of the RTL brand in Croatia. […]

NBCU and RTL tie up ad inventory partnership

NBCUniversal has announced a new partnership with RTL Group’s ad business RTL AdConnect. The bilateral, international partnership is described as ‘ground-breaking’ by the companies, and gives each other access to their premium TV and digital inventory assets. RTL AdConnect will be able to provide its European clients and partner agencies access to all NBCUniversal-owned & […]

RTL Group completes sale of VideoAmp ad tech stake

Broadcast giant RTL Group has completed the sale of its entire shareholding in VideoAmp, a US software and data company for media measurement, for US$104 million (€92 million) in cash. The transaction was carried out as a share buyback by VideoAmp and became effective on January 4. RTL said its shareholders will benefit from the […]

RTL names new head of tech services unit

RTL Group has named Christophe Goossens as CEO of the Group’s Luxembourg-based technical service provider, Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE), effective immediately. Goossens will take over the leadership of BCE in addition to his role as CEO of RTL Luxembourg, a role in which he has served since 2017. Fred Lemaire, currently CEO of BCE, is […]