German cable operator Unitymedia and public broadcaster ZDF have settled their long-standing legal battle over the payment of carriage fees for the cable distribution of ZDF’s channels and have agreed on a long-term carriage deal.
The recent settlement of the long-standing carriage fee dispute with public broadcaster ARD pours €31.2 million into the pockets of German cable operator Unitymedia.
ARD and the two major cable operators Vodafone Deutschland (formerly Kabel Deutschland) and Unitymedia have settled their dispute over carriage fees for the cable distribution of the public broadcaster’s channels. ZDF reached an agreement with Vodafone, but not with Unitymedia.
According to the German media authorities, cable operator Tele Columbus treats commercial free-to-air TV broadcasters unequally,
German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF have received a setback in the legal dispute regarding cable carriage fees that has been running since 2013.
A dispute has broken out between Discovery Networks Deutschland and Sky Deutschland over the Bundesliga rights.
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.
A dispute regarding carriage conditions has broken out between Sky Deutschland and Discovery Networks Deutschland which could lead to Eurosport 1 HD, Eurosport 2 HD, Eurosport 360 HD and Discovery Channel being removed from the German pay-TV platform on February 1, 2017.