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 […]

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 […]