German cable and fibre-optic network operator association DNMG will offer three Ultra HD (UHD) channels from Canadian media company Stingray for redistribution.
Through the agreement, Stingray Festival 4K, Stingray Hits 4K and Stingray Ambiance 4K will become available for the first time in the German-speaking market.
The channels are not distributed to head-ends via satellite, but through a carrier VPN broadband connection via a playout server in the Equinix FR5 internet exchange centre in Frankfurt/Main. The move marks DNMG’s first investment in its own systems and infrastructure, creating the basis for future UHD business models set up by its network partners.
Stadtwerke Konstanz, RFT, wilhelm.tel and willy.tel will be the first network operators to receive and distribute the channels this way.
With over 200 members, DNMG is the largest marketing organisation for medium-sized and municipal operators of cable and fibre-optic networks in German-speaking countries.