RTL Netherlands to merge with Talpa Network

RTL Group and John de Mol’s Talpa Network have struck a deal to merge their broadcasting and affiliated media businesses in the Netherlands to create a unified Dutch cross-media group. The pair said that the combined group would be able to step up investments in local content, technology and data, offering Dutch audiences a broad […]

RTL adds half a million streaming subs in Q1

Media giant RTL Group added over half a million new paying streaming subscribers in the first quarter of the year, taking its total to 2.72 million, up 71% year-on-year. Paying subscribers for TV Now in Germany doubled year on year to 1.718 million, up from 857,000 at the end of March 2020 RTL said that its strategic […]

RTL closes SpotX sale

Media giant RTL Group today has closed the sale of its US ad-tech company SpotX to Magnite, the sell-side advertising platform. Since the announcement of the transaction on February 5, RTL exercised an option to increase the cash component of the transaction and received US$640 million (€528 million) in cash and 12.37 million shares of […]

RTL sees streaming revenue and subs jump

Broadcast giant RTL Group saw its German and Dutch streaming revenues jump by 20.6% last year to €170 million as the group overall saw a strong rebound in the second half of 2020 and the fourth quarter in particular. RTL said that paying subscribers for German streamer TV Now grew by 64% to 1.286 million […]

RTL Group consolidates Belgian operation

RTL Group has agreed in principle with its co-shareholders in the group’s Belgian TV and radio operations to acquire their shares in RTL Belgium for cash and RTL Group treasury shares. The move will take RTL Group’s shareholding in RTL Belgium to 100%. Currently, RTL Group is the controlling shareholder in RTL Belgium even without […]

Deutsche Telekom takes TV Now in expanded deal with RTL

Deutsche Telekom and RTL Group’s German unit, Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, have agreed an expanded distribution deal that will see the German telecom giant integrate the RTL streaming service TV Now Premium in its TV offer, Magenta TV. From today, the price plans Magenta TV Smart and Magenta TV Smart Flex will automatically include TV Now […]

RTL posts improved advertising numbers as streaming subs soar

Broadcasting group RTL has made a modest comeback in the third quarter, with ad revenues close to being on a par with 2019 – a much better performance than anticipated – and streaming subscriber numbers rising by a third year-on-year. RTL had 1.79 million subscribers to its German RTL Now and Dutch Videoland streaming services […]

RTL completes sale of stake as BroadbandTV launches IPO

RTL Group has completed the sale of its entire shareholding in Vancouver-based YouTube multichannel network BroadbandTV to BBTV Holdings Inc., for €102 million.   RTL said its exit from Broadband TV was consistent with its three-priority strategy of ‘core, growth, alliances and partnerships’, which includes continuously reviewing its portfolio and growing its European digital assets […]

RTL sees boost from streaming as COVID-19 takes its toll

RTL has seen significant growth for its streaming services in the Netherlands and Germany even as its core advertising business was hit by the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. The broadcaster’s streaming revenues for its German TV Now and Dutch Videoland services were up 23.1% year-on-year to €80 million for the first half. The number […]

RTL withdraws outlook for 2020 over coronavirus fears

Pan-European broadcaster RTL Group has withdrawn its outlook for 2020 and dividend proposal for 2019 as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The broadcaster said that its TV channels, radio stations, streaming services and websites are currently registering significantly higher reach and usage and pointed to its low levels of debt and access to credit […]

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