ARD and ZDF return to Belgacom

Belgian operator Belgacom has re-added German channels ARD (Das Erste) and ZDF to its TV platform after reaching a new agreement with the public broadcasters. Belgacom controversially dropped the channels last year after failing to agree licensing terms with ARD and ZDF. At the time the channels accused Belgacom of not compromising, despite ARD and […]

Facebook partners with European broadcasters

Facebook is now working with TV partners in Europe to provide them with data mined from the social network. Delivering a keynote speech at the MIPCOM TV trade show in Cannes yesterday, Facebook’s partnerships VP Dan Rose said it had now partnered with firms including TF1 and Canal+ in France, Channel 4 and Food Network […]

Deutsche Telekom launches Entertain to Go

Deutsche Telekom has launched its multi-screen TV service Entertain to Go service, offering access to around 40 TV channels from PC, laptop and iPad. The service, which was first announced by the German operator last year, is priced at €4.95 per-month and gives access to content on a users’ home WiFi network. Entertain video library […]

German cable and pubcasters still at loggerheads over retrans fees

No agreement is in sight between Germany’s biggest cable operators and the country’s public broadcasters over the latter’s refusal to pay retransmission fees for their services. “We seriously believe that our legal position is correct and we are willing to defend it at all levels,” said Kabel Deutschland CEO Adrian von Hammerstein, speaking on the […]

KDG restricts pubcaster availability in carriage fee dispute

Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has restricted the availability of public broadcast channels from ARD and ZDF on its network to the legally required minimum as a result of an ongoing dispute between German cable operators and the country’s pubcasters over carriage fees. From today, KDG will “align the bandwidth” of the public broadcasters’ services with those […]

ZDF expanding pay TV channel activities after Romantic success

ZDF Enterprises says it is talking to platform operators in Europe about extend the distribution of its joint venture channel Romance TV.
 ZDFE, the commercial arm of the German public broadcaster, took a stake in channel operator Mainstream Networks last April and its Romance TV channel launched on cable in Poland last September. The channel […]

Sky Deutschland to air bulk of Champions League games

German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has secured rights to air most of the matches of the forthcoming UEFA Champions League football season. Sky will air 15-16 Champions League matches every week, kicking off with matches between Borussia Dortmund and Ajax Amsterdam and Schalke 04 against Olympiakos Piräus. The deal leaves public broadcaster ZDF with […]

ZDF holds firm on carriage fees as KDG takes legal action

German public broadcaster ZDF has reacted with equanimity to the threat of legal action by the country’s largest cable operator, Kabel Deutschland (KDG), to force public broadcasters to pay transmission fees to cable. Spokesman Alexander Stock said that ZDF was confident of its case, though it remained open to talks with the cable operator. The […]

German broadcasters threaten to leave cable networks

German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF are removing themselves from three of the country’s largest cable network in a row over carriage fees. The broadcasters are unhappy at the €60 million fee they currently pay operators to carry their channels, and will stop deals with Kabel Deutschland, Kabel BW and Unitymedia when current agreements run […]

ARD and ZDF plan Germany’s Gold VOD service

German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF are planning to launch an advertising-supported online video-on-demand service that will make archive content available to viewers. However, the service is unlikely to launch before the end of the year, according to the broadcasters. The pair have yet to decide on a final name for the service, currently dubbed […]