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Germany’s Institut für Rundfunktechnik to shut down

Germany’s Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT), the research and development outfit set up by public broadcast organisations, is to close after shareholders failed “to find a viable model” to keep it going. The organisation said that “despite the most intense efforts, it has not been possible to develop a resilient economic base to develop a future […]

Tele Columbus announces ZDF cooperation deal

German cable provider Tele Columbus and pubcaster ZDF have announced a distribution agreement for the latter’s content. As announced by the operator, the “comprehensive cooperation agreement” will see Tele Columbus use “all ZDF content” in its cable networks. In addition, the agreement lays the groundwork for ZDF content to be integrated into the Tele Columbus […]

ZDF pulls plug on Universum boxing deal

German pubcaster ZDF has pulled out of an agreement with boxing promoter Universum after six months and just one broadcast fight. The broadcaster had initially agreed a co-operation with the promoter, but poor viewership of the fight between Artem Harutyunyan and Islam Dumanov in November combined with failed negotiations over a planned event to take […]

Deutsche Telekom adds raft of ZDF content to on-demand service

Deutsche Telekom has added a raft of new content to its Megathek on-demand library from the catalogue of public broadcaster ZDF. Deutsche Telekom’s Magenta TV viewers can now watch about 350 additional German-language episodes and series from ZDF. Over 8,500 content items from ARD Plus, ZDF Select, ARD Plus Kids and ZDFtivi Select are now […]

France Télévisions, Rai and ZDF team up to take on Netflix

European public broadcasters France Télévisions, Rai and ZDF have unveiled the first projects to be developed under the rubric of an alliance announced yesterday at the Series Mania event in Lille to address the challenge posed by the likes of Netflix and other subscription video-on-demand providers. Earlier this week, France Télévisions director-general Delphine Ernotte had […]

France Télévisions forges programming alliance with ZDF

France Télévisions and Rai are to forge an alliance with ZDF that will encompass co-production, with the first projects to be unveiled at the Series Mania event in Lille on Thursday. The pact with Germany’s ZDF marks an extension of the alliance formed between the French and Italia public broadcasters last June, when the pair […]

Vodafone Deutschland ends carriage dispute with ZDF

Vodafone Deutschland has ended its carriage terms dispute with ZDF and has struck a long-term distribution partnership with the public broadcaster. Vodafone and ZDF have been engaged in a long-running legal dispute, with litigation ongoing since 2012. According to the pair, the latest agreement sees that litigation “amicably settled by both parties”. The pair said […]

Discovery to sub-license Olympics to German pubcasters

Discovery’s Eurosport is to sub-license its rights to the Olympic Games in Germany to public broadcasters ARD and ZDF. Eurosport, ARD and ZDF will air live coverage and highlight packages of the games up until 2024. The partnership will cover four Olympic Games, giving German spectators access to free-to-air coverage as well as more extensive […]

Ampere: Over 55s failing to see attractions of SVOD

Over 55s are not tuning in to subscription video-on-demand, even though they have embraced catch-up on-demand services from free-to-air broadcasters, according to research by Ampere Analysis. A study by Ampere of TV viewing habits in 13 countries revealed that only two in 10 people aged 55-64 in the US viewed Netflix in the past month, […]

German pubcasters fail to secure Olympics deal with Discovery

German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF have failed to secure a deal with Discovery to air coverage of the Olympic Games from 2018-2024. Discovery will make coverage of the games available free-to-view on its Eurosport channel. The broadcaster said that its Eurosport 1 channel in Germany would offer the country “every moment of national importance” on […]

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