The German cable operator Kabel BW plans to expand its pay-TV service in a few weeks time, introducing what will be one the largest such offers in the country.
The majority of German cable subscribers will not be able to see the three new HD channels from Sky Deutschand when they start broadcasting today, Friday August 13. There are still no carriage agreements with the three major nets, Kabel Deutschland, Unitymedia and Kabel BW.
The German cable operator Kabel BW has said that 26% of its 2.3 million TV customers now take telephony and/or broadband access services, a record among German cable companies.
German cable operator Kabel BW and Sky Deutschland have agreed to a close marketing cooperation which will see the cabler combining its CleverKabel broadband and telephony offers with Sky subscriptions including the Bundeliga packages. The joint marketing effort will launch in July.
The Verwaltungsgericht Köln, a court in Cologne, has rejected a claim from cable operator Kabel BW to stop the planned auction of the digital dividend frequencies, which is set for April 12. The cabler is afraid the new mobile services will cause interference with cable tuners and high speed modems.
Preliminary figures announced by the German cable operator Kabel BW at a press conference show that its turnover rose by 13% from €438 million to €493 million in 2009. EBITDA meanwhile rose by 29% from €190 million to reach €245 million.
The German cable operator Kabel BW is for the first time offering DOCSIS 3.0 broadband access and telephony to homes that do not subscribe to basic cable. In a special marketing campaign aimed at people using DVB-T or satellite DTH reception, the cabler is offering most CleverKabel bouquets without the need to take TV.
John Malone’s Liberty Global has set its sights on the German cable market, according to reports in the German Handelsblatt. Following the acquisition of Unitymedia last November, the US media company is now looking at Kabel BW.
The German cable operators KabelBW has said that its 100 Mbps fast broadband access service is now available to over 50% of its connected households.
The German cable operator Kabel BW had added the Auto Motor Sport Channel to it line-up of digital channels. The Serbian channel Pink Film is also a new addition.