If the recovery of Sky Deutschland could be judged on subscriber numbers alone, then the pay-TV operator is beginning to sit up in bed.
Sky Deutschland satellite subscribers will be able to receive the HD+ bouquet of channels from this summer, the broadcaster has confirmed. At a stroke, this raises the number of HD channels available on Sky Deutschland to 25.
Sky Deutschland says it has launched “the first truly integrated offering for TV entertainment of the future – Sky Go“, a multiscreen service for the web, a second TV set and mobile devices.
Sky Deutschland and Tele Columbus have announced the introduction of a triple play offer which comprises a 6 Mbps internet- and telephone flat rate, the cabler’s basic digital TV package and the Sky Welt package plus one Sky Premium package (Film, Sports or Bundesliga).
An agreement between Sky Deutschland and SES Astra’s HD+ platform to make reception of the two services on a common smart card possible seems likely, according to local press reports.
Sky Deutschland has announced it surpassed the 1 million HD subscriber mark. A remarkable feat, as the company reported on Thursday, February 24 that it had 593,000 HD homes on December 31, 2010.
Sky Deutschland has reported a net growth of 183,000 subscribers in 2010 with churn rates at their lowest levels in over five years. The premium TV operator also said HD penetration more than doubled to 593,000 homes.
Sky Deutschland has announced the launch of Sky Sport News HD this coming winter. The brand new 24 hour live sports news channel will be broadcast both in HD and SD versions.
Sky Deutschland has joined the association of fibre companies (Buglas) as an associate member.
Sky Deutschland and Deutsche Telekom are about to close a deal to offer a complete TV package to headends of housing associations and city networks, according to a spokesperson from Telekom. With the combined offer, the incumbent telecom operator hopes to better compete with the triple play offer from cable operators.