German industry associations BREKO, BUGLAS, VAUNET and DNMG are concerned about the consequences of Vodafone’s proposed acquisition of Liberty Global’s German cable subsidiary Unitymedia.
Germans are consuming an increasing amount of audio and audio-visual media content.
The turnover with audio-visual media content will increase by 6.2% to €12.44 billion in Germany this year.
1.9 million people in Germany regularly use illegal live TV signals, causing a loss of more than €430 million per year for media companies.
The number of pay-TV subscribers in Germany rose from 7.5 million (2016) to 7.7 million in 2017 and in Germany, Austria and Switzerland from 8.4 million to 8.7 million.
The German industry association of commercial broadcasters, VPRT, will change its name to Vaunet on May 21, 2018.