Almost one out of three German TV viewers (31%) uses video-on-demand (VOD) services, for example the catch-up TV portals operated by TV broadcasters.
HD+, the fee-based satellite platform carrying the HD versions of commercial TV channels on Astra (19.2 degrees East) for DTH households in Germany, has made its catch-up TV portal HD+ RePlay available directly on smart TV sets.
Germany’s national telco Deutsche Telekom has taken the video-on-demand (VOD) services operated by commercial TV group ProSiebenSat.1 on board its IPTV platform Entertain.
Usage of the Dutch catch-up TV service NPO Uitzending Gemist has grown 10% during 2013 with a total of 314 million requests on the web, apps and connected TVs.
Astra Deutschland has launched its interactive hybrid VOD and catch-up TV service HD+ Replay. The service is free to use during its introductory period.
Virgin Media is upgrading its technology and introducing dynamic advertising into its commercial VOD services, writes Julian Clover.