Dutch FTTH provider Glashart Media has launched the three Dutch SBS channels (SBS6, Net 5 and Veronica) and Disney XD, as live streams on iPads and Android tablet, bringing the total to 13 channels. The app was developed by Stoneroos of Hilversum.
Sky D has decided to run just a single live football game in 3D per month. The first 3D coverage is planned for Sunday, August 25 of the game between Frankfurt and Bayern Leverkusen.
Sky Deutschland has seen the first positive EBITDA under the Sky brand. Its Sky Premium HD service has grown by 64% to 1,171,800 (Q2 2011: 714,200) on June 30. More than 37% (Q2 2011: 26%) of all Sky subscribers subscribe to the HD service.
Amazon’s Lovefilm in Germany has signed a deal with Scandinavian movie house MFA+ Filmdistribution, which brings Lars von Trier’s “Antichrist to the VOD service as well as works by Astrid Lindgren and Stieg Larson.
Sky Deutschland has extended its output contract with Sony Pictures Television for the next couple of years. The deal includes recent blockbusters such as Men in Black 3, The Amazing Spiderman 3D and Total Recall.
Germany’s Sky Go has launched on the iPhone and iPod Touch with a slate of new series and movies from Sky Atlantic.
There have been many false dawns, but could Sky Deutschland finally have cracked German pay-TV with significant revenue growth and premium HD subscribers topping 1 million.
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.