Liberty Global’s German cablenets Unitymedia and Kabel BW have closed a new distribution agreement with Sky Deutschland that brings up to 18 HD channels to its customers in North-Rhine Westphalia, Hessen and Baden-Württemberg.
Sky D has secured the live rights to all Bundesliga games at the expense of Deutsche Telekom, which has lost its IPTV rights. On average Sky will pay a licence fee of €485.7 million per season.
The German football association DFL (Deutsche Fußball Liga) has opened a second bidding round for 19 packages of broadcast rights to its games.
Sky Deutschland is adding a range of top movie titles to Sky Go on the iPod Touch and iPhone. Subscribers to the German platform could already enjoy blockbuster movies from the iPad, web and Xbox 360.
More HD in Germany. Sky Deutschland is launching TNT Serie HD in June. The channel will be part of the platform’s Sky Welt package.
Sky Deutschland is launching Sky Atlantic HD during the month of May, featuring the German and Austrian premieres of HBO original series.
Sky Deutschland has contracted an additional transponder on the Astra satellite system at 19.2 degrees East, effective from June 1.
The German premium broadcaster Sky Deutschland surpassed 3 million customers on December 31, 2011 and has secured additional financing of €300 million for continued growth and product innovation.
Disney Channel HD will be added to Sky Deutschland’s line-up of HD channels on December 24.
German independent cable operator Kabel & Medien Service (KMS) has signed a deal with Sky Deutschland to carry 15 HD channels on its networks.