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ARD and ZDF roll out youth service Funk

German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF are launching a new youth-targeted service called Funk on October 1. The Funk app and website will publish series and videos aimed at 14 to 29 year-olds. It will also publish content to YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and other social platforms.

Sky Germany adds ARTE, ZDF to its Sky Online TV box

Sky in Germany is adding new apps from public broadcasters ARTE and ZDF to its Roku-powered Sky Online TV – now dubbed Sky Ticket – box. The ARTE app will let viewers watch documentaries, programmes and concerts for up to 90 days after their TV broadcast, while the ZDF will give access to some 35,000 […]

Unitymedia adds five new channels

Liberty Global-owned German cable operator Unitymedia is adding five new TV channels to its programming line-up. The new services are ARD and ZDF-owned factual channel Phoenix HD, kids channel KiKA HD, entertainment channel Universal Channel HD, Asian channel Zee TV and Germany’s channel for refugees living in the country, Handshake2Deutschland. All the new channels are […]

Netflix CEO: broadcasters like the BBC to become ‘internet networks’

Traditional broadcasters like the BBC and ZDF will become “internet networks” as the TV industry goes the same way as the fixed-line phone market, according to Reed Hastings. Speaking at the DLD conference in Munich yesterday, the Netflix founder and CEO said that in a generation or two, the concept of scheduled linear broadcasts – […]

Kabel Deutschland suffers reverse in battle with pubcaster

A Munich court has ruled that Vodafone-owned German cable operator Kabel Deutschland must continue to broadcast public educational channel ARD-alpha in analogue in its Bavarian network, following legal action by ARD Bavarian affiliate Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR). Kabel Deutschland had tried to remove the channel, formerly BR-alpha, from its line-up as part of its campaign to […]

Kabel Deutschland in fresh move on pubcaster fees

Vodafone-controlled German cable operator Kabel Deutschland is to take legal action to force public broadcasters ARD and ZDF to pay for carriage of their channels on its platform in the German Federal Court, the Bundesgerichtshof, according to local reports. The case, to be heard on March 3, is the latest move by the cable operator […]

Amazon launches Fire TV in UK, Germany

Amazon is launching its web streaming set-top box Amazon Fire TV in Europe for the first time, rolling it in the UK and Germany. Customers in both countries will be able to order the device now, with boxes to start shipping in Germany on September 25 and in the UK on October 23. Fire TV […]

World Cup semi-final sets German TV and Twitter records

Last night’s Brazil vs Germany World Cup semi-final match set new TV viewing records and was the most discussed sports match on Twitter, according to the microblogging network and broadcaster ZDF. The German public broadcaster said today that the game attracted 32.57 million viewers – the highest ever recorded under Germany’s current audience measurement system. […]

France Télévisions and the BBC top Eurovision Connect Awards winners

France Télévisions has won the Grand Prix in the Eurovision Connect Awards given by the European Broadcasting Union for promotional activities associated with public broadcasters’ TV output, while the BBC won three of the 10 awards, the largest number taken by a single broadcaster. France 5’s Harassment at School promo took the Grand Prix for […]

UPC Austria adding 11 HD services

Liberty Global-owned UPC Austria is adding 11 new HD channels o its line-up. The move takes the total number of HD services on the platform to 72, including Sky Deutschland’s premium service channels. From tomorrow, UPC Austria will add EinsFestival HD and ZDFinfo HD from German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF, the addition of which […]