Germans are consuming an increasing amount of audio and audio-visual media content.
The turnover with audio-visual media content will increase by 6.2% to €12.44 billion in Germany this year.
The number of pay-TV subscribers in Germany rose from 7.5 million (2016) to 7.7 million in 2017 and in Germany, Austria and Switzerland from 8.4 million to 8.7 million.
The number of digital cable households in Germany currently amounts to 77.1%.
The German media authorities have called for analogue switch-off on the country’s cable networks in 2018 at the latest.
German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF have acquired the exclusive domestic free-to-air TV rights for the European Men’s Handball Championships 2016 in Poland and 2018 in Croatia.
The association of German cable operators (ANGA) expects the requirements for the termination of analogue TV distribution on German cable networks to be met by the end of 2018 at the latest.
Jens Schulte-Bockum will continue to head Vodafone Deutschland until March 31, 2018 as the telco’s supervisory board has extended the CEO’s contract by three years at its latest assembly in Düsseldorf.