The large-scale shutdown of analogue TV distribution on German cable networks will gain momentum in the second half of 2018 after several pilot projects took place in spring.
Deutsche Telekom will terminate the distribution of analogue TV and radio channels as part of its wholesale cable TV supply service for the housing industry, a spokesman of the German telco confirmed to Broadband TV News.
Dutch cable opreator Ziggo will phase out analogue television during the next two years.
German cable operator PŸUR (formerly Primacom) will commence analogue switch-off on its network on March 20, 2018.
After a challenging year with analogue switch-off and a major channel relocation, German cable operator Unitymedia wants to focus on the expansion of its business in 2018, Chief Financial Officer Winfried Rapp told Broadband TV News.
Action sports, lifestyle and entertainment channel Insight TV will join the digital line-up of regional German cable operator wilhelm.tel.
The German media authorities have jointly with industry associations, cable operators and TV broadcasters founded the initiative Digitales Kabel to accompany the transition to sole digital TV distribution on German cable networks.
Vodafone Deutschland will introduce internet access at Gigabit speed in a few months in the first pilot region where it switched off its analogue TV and radio distribution.
Vodafone Deutschland will carry out its second pilot project for the switch-off of the analogue TV and radio channels on its cable network on May 15, 2018 in the Nuremberg region.
German cable operator NetCologne will terminate analogue TV distribution on its network in January 2019. The move will also affect sister company NetAachen.