According to the German media authorities, cable operator Tele Columbus treats commercial free-to-air TV broadcasters unequally,
German cable operator NetCologne must not distribute some commercial channels for a fee while it still carries other commercial channels without a fee.
Vodafone Deutschland has revised its so called coins per subscriber (CPS) model for the distribution of encrypted HD channels on its cable network (formerly Kabel Deutschland) to comply with the principle of equal chances in the broadcast law.
The channel name RTL plus will return to German TV screens after almost 25 years.
STORY UPDATED. German cable operators have to equally treat the operators of comparable TV channels regarding carriage fees – even if channels hold must carry status or a prominent market position.
The channel listings of German cable operators Tele Columbus and Primacom are not in accordance with the stipulations of the media law, according to the media authorities’ licencing and supervision commission ZAK.
The German media authorities aim for a coordinated approach by all industry players to establish a joint date for nationwide analogue switch-off on cable networks.
The current HD carriage distribution model of Germany’s largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland doesn’t comply with the principle of equal chances and poses unreasonable obstructions to smaller and new TV channels.
German platform operators don’t have to distribute TV channels’ HbbTV services on their networks as they are not considered to be part of the programme content.
German commercial broadcast group Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland wants to launch a TV channel for viewers in international markets.