AETN has applied for broadcast licences for 14 international thematic TV channels at Bavarian media authority BLM.
The applications cover the following channels, a BLM spokeswoman told Broadband TV News: Crime & Investigation EU, CI Netherlands, CI Polsat, H2 EU, H2 Poland, History EU, History Belgium, History Croatia, History Hungary, History Netherlands, History Poland, History Romania, History Sweden and Lifetime Poland.
The licence applications, which were submitted by AETN UK Germany GmbH, are related to the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (Brexit), the BLM spokeswoman confirmed.
AETN’s international channels have been operated with broadcast licences from UK media authority Ofcom until now, but their validity is uncertain in the course of Brexit.
BLM’s media council will decide about the licence applications at its next assembly on April 11, 2019 in Munich, the base of AETN’s German branch: A+E Networks Germany operates pay-TV channels History and A&E in German-speaking Europe.
Turner Broadcasting System, NBC Universal and Discovery have already secured German broadcast licences from BLM for their international channels. Sports streaming service DAZN received a licence from Berlin-based media authority MABB.