German media company ProSiebenSat.1 considers lodging a complaint at federal anti-trust authority Bundeskartellamt against the business practise of Amazon to offer its video-on-demand (VOD) service through Amazon Prime bundled with other services as this would constitute an illicit package deal.
The federal German anti-trust authority Bundeskartellamt has given the green light to internet service provider United Internet to acquire further shares in cable operator Tele Columbus, a cartel office spokesman confirmed to Broadband TV News.
The recent acquisition of a major stake in Tele Columbus by United Internet is likely to be followed by further strategic moves in Germany’s vibrant cable market, expects Dietmar Schickel, former long-time managing director of cable operator Tele Columbus.
German cable operator association FRK wants to achieve that US media company Liberty Global has to revoke the acquisition of cable company Kabel BW by its subsidiary Unitymedia.
Leading German TV production companies such as Beta Film and Brainpool apparently want to set up a video-on-demand (VOD) portal in competition to US provider Netflix.
German public broadcaster ARD wants to set up a new Netflix-style online streaming portal after the project Germany’s Gold jointly planned with fellow public broadcaster ZDF was cancelled following concerns by federal cartel office Bundeskartellamt in September 2013.
The Bundeskartellamt has asked the European Commission to rule on the merger between Vodafone and KDG.
Vodafone’s proposed acquisition of Kabel Deutschland will be investigated by Germany’s competition watchdog, it has been confirmed.
German cable operator will start distributing ten SD chanels from privarte broadcasters on April 3.
Kabel Deutschland has started proceedings at the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf against the Bundeskartellamt.