Ad-supported streaming service Pluto TV, recently acquired by Viacom, is strengthening its European distribution with launches on Amazon Fire TV devices and Amazon Fire Tablets in the UK, Germany and Austria.
German media company Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland will start offering local programmes on its channels for viewers in Austria in addition to local advertising.
Austrian commercial broadcaster Servus TV will show motorsport series MotoGP live and exclusively in Germany and Austria from 2019.
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.
With 2.05 million households, DTH satellite reception remains the most widely used TV reception method in Austria.
Austrian mobile network operator T-Mobile Austria, a subsidiary of German telco Deutsche Telekom, will take over UPC Austria, the country’s largest cable operator, for around €1.9 billion from parent company Liberty Global.
Liberty Global is exploring the sale of its cable subsidiaries in Switzerland and Austria.
Cable operator UPC has remained on growth course in Q3 2017 in Austria and Switzerland.
Austrian cable operator UPC has converted Vienna and surroundings as the last region to a fully digital TV service, thereby completing the analogue switch-off it commenced across its network in April 2016.
The games of the UEFA Europa League will continue to be shown on free-to-air TV in Austria.