German cable operator association FRK wants streaming providers such as Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook und YouTube to participate in the costs of upgrading their networks for the gigabit future through a carriage fee, arguing that business models based on the idea of free data highways must come to an end.
German public broadcaster ZDF has called for the prime ministers of the federal states to resolve the dispute regarding the question whether the public broadcasters have to pay cable carriage fees through a regulation in the national broadcast law.
German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF have received a setback in the legal dispute regarding cable carriage fees that has been running since 2013.
Discovery Networks’ thematic channels will continue to be available on the European pay-TV platforms of M7 Group as the two parties have resolved their disagreement over carriage fees.
A row has broken out between Vodafone Deutschland and Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR), the affiliate of public broadcaster ARD serving federal state Saarland, regarding HD cable distribution of its TV channel SR Fernsehen with both sides accusing each other of blocking carriage.
German cable operator NetCologne must not distribute some commercial channels for a fee while it still carries other commercial channels without a fee.
STORY UPDATED. German cable operators have to equally treat the operators of comparable TV channels regarding carriage fees – even if channels hold must carry status or a prominent market position.