German public broadcaster ZDF wants to approach the Federal Cartel Office to find out whether the conditions for a joint OTT platform of the public broadcasters or a platform together with other broadcasters have changed.
German cable operator association FRK wants to achieve that small and medium-sized cable operators receive carriage fees from public broadcasters ARD and ZDF just like the two largest players Vodafone and Unitymedia.
The Federal German Cartel Office wants to find out whether smart TV manufacturers violate consumer protection laws when handling personal user data.
German cable operator association FRK has submitted a formal complaint against Unitymedia, Kabel BW, Deutsche Telekom und NetCologne at federal antitrust authority Bundeskartellamt.
A TV broadcaster will in future not be able to acquire all domestic pay-TV rights for the live games of Germany’s national football league Bundesliga across all distribution platforms.
The Federal German Cartel Office Bundeskartellamt has given the green light to the plans by transmitter network operator Media Broadcast to set up a subscription-based DTT platform for commercial TV channels as part of the transition from broadcast standard DVB-T to successor DVB-T2, arguing that it would not limit competition.
The takeover of German cable operator Kabel BW by US media company Liberty Global, parent company of Unitymedia, is now legally binding.