STORY UPDATED. German cable operators have to equally treat the operators of comparable TV channels regarding carriage fees – even if channels hold must carry status or a prominent market position.
Dutch cablenet Ziggo is to stop distributing two Chinese channels, Phoenix CNE and Phoenix InfoNews. The channels were available for an a la carte price of €10.12 monthly.
The Astra capacity that will be freed up from April 30, 2012 by switching off the analogue signals from the German public broadcasters will be used to launch HD versions of the factual channel Phoenix and the so-called ‘third channels’ of BR, NDR, SWR and WDR.