RTL Group’s EBITA increased 22.7% in the third quarter to €92 million from €75 million in the same period last year. This growth was driven by higher profit contributions from Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, Groupe M6, RTL Nederland, RTL Radio in France and the UK’s Five.
UPC has launched the catch-up TV service RTL gemist on its networks in The Netherlands. Programmes from RTL 4, 5, 7 and 8 can be requested up to ten days from the original broadcast date.
The terrestrial Viseo+ service will launch in Stuttgart today (October 15) with six encrypted channels from the RTL Group. Two receivers are in the shops now, capable of picking up the Conax encrypted MPEG-4 broadcasts.
The Dutch cable operator UPC will launch two RTL channels in HD this Thursday (October 15), and early next year two more RTL channels will also start in HD.
SES Astra has confirmed the November 1 launch of its new HD platform HD+ and said viewers will receive the first 12 months for free.
The new terrestrial platform from RTL and Eutelsat Visavision will be called Viseo Plus when it starts on October 15 in the greater Stuttgart area with the encrypted RTL channels RTL, Vox, RTL II, Super RTL, RTL Crime and RTL Passion.
During a special dealers day, the Dutch DTH platform Canal Digitaal Satelliet announced it will start to carry the Slovak based pre-school channel Bebe TV.
IFA 2009 – Berlin. Ferdinand Kayser, the president and CEO of SES-Astra, has given details of the new HD+ platform during a keynote at the consumer electronics show in Berlin. Rebuffing criticism to the plan for the encrypted HD service, he said existing HD receivers with CI slots will be able to receive the new […]
The German broadcaster RTL will introduce a new text service using the Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) standard. It will launch the service, called HD Text, next year.
Declining advertising markets across Europe have resulted in significantly lower revenue and earnings, according to the RTL Group. It has responded with comprehensive cost cutting measures.