The TV activities of German media company Freenet exceeded the expected customer figures in 2017.
DVB-T2 platform Freenet TV reached around 975,000 subscribers at the end of December 2017, surpassing both the target figure of 800,000 originally expected at the end of the year and the adjusted target of 950,000 subscribers.
IPTV platform waipu.tv also reached the expected number of paying customers (more than 100,000) with around 102,000 at the end of the year. However, the number of registered, but non-paying customers remained below the target of 500,000 with 464,000 (excluding 76,000 pre-registered customers). By the end of 2018, Freenet expects waipu.tv to reach more than 1 million registered customers and more than 250,000 paying customers.
Freenet also opens waipu.tv for the B2B market enabling third-party platform operators to market the offer to their customers as a white-label product under their own brand.
At the end of March 2018, Freenet TV will launch on Astra (19.2° East) to enter Germany’s strong DTH satellite market and reach households unable to receive the package via DTT. Freenet expects Freenet TV to reach more than 1.2 million subscribers via DVB-T2 and satellite by the end of 2018.
[UPDATE 20/03/2018] Freenet TV has reached the milestone of 1 million customers, platform operator Media Broadcast – part of Freenet Group – announced in Cologne today.