Teleste’s subsidiary Cableway has signed a new three-year strategic partnership agreement with Vodafone Deutschland for installation and maintenance services for the company’s cable customers in Germany.
German cable operator association FRK has called for open access to be imposed as one of the concessions for regulatory approval of the rumoured acquisition of Liberty Global’s German cable subsidiary Unitymedia by Vodafone.
German telco Deutsche Telekom would oppose the sale of Liberty Global’s German cable subsidiary Unitymedia to Vodafone and calls for regulators to block any such deal.
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.
Vodafone Deutschland has revised its so called coins per subscriber (CPS) model for the distribution of encrypted HD channels on its cable network (formerly Kabel Deutschland) to comply with the principle of equal chances in the broadcast law.
3 Screen Solutions (3SS), a German provider of customised software solutions and services to the multiscreen digital entertainment industry, was selected by Germany’s largest cable operator, Vodafone Kabel Deutschland, to enhance the usability and functionality of its Select Video VOD service.
Germany’s largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland continued to grow in the last three months of 2015 mainly through the selling of internet and telephony subscriptions.
Vodafone Deutschland has added catch-up content from free-to-air channels DMAX and TLC to the video-on-demand platform on its German cable network.
The dispute regarding the question whether German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF have to pay carriage fees to the large cable operators has gained a new chapter.
Broadband internet access has been the draught horse of Kabel Deutschland in Q2 2015/16 with Germany’s largest cable operator increasing its number of internet customers by 98,000 to 2.8 million between July 1 and September 30, 2015.