Germany’s third largest cable company Tele Columbus has acquired all remaining shares in cable operator BMB, thereby turning it into a 100% subsidiary.
German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland will take music channel Jukebox onboard its platform on October 1, 2014.
DMAX, the German men’s channel operated by Discovery Networks, will launch a version of its service for viewers in neighbouring Austria on October 1, 2014 via cable and satellite.
More than one third (37%) of cable customers in Germany still solely watch analogue television, resembling 6.2 million households, according to the digitalisation report 2014 released by the German media authorities.
Germany’s national telco Deutsche Telecom considers taking over cable operators to strengthen its position in the domestic broadband market.
TV broadcasters and platform operators need to ensure that consumers are able to access the linear and non-linear TV and video content of their choice both on fixed-line and mobile infrastructures on their preferred reception devices.
German commercial free-to-air TV channel RTL Nitro will become available in analogue on the cable networks of German cities Bremen and Bremerhaven from the end of May 2014.
Vodafone Deutschland and Kabel Deutschland have commenced offering their fixed-line products under the new joint brand Zuhause Plus (At Home Plus).
The Astra satellite system (19.2 degrees East) has reached the milestone of 2 million households in Austria for the first time and stays the leading TV reception method in the Alpine republic.