The regional affiliates of German public broadcaster ARD will terminate the satellite distribution of their TV channels in SD resolution on Astra (19.2° East) in January 2021.
The free-TV channels of German commercial broadcaster Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland will continue to be available in SD quality unencrypted via Astra (19.2° East) until at least 2024.
Amazon has underlined that the acquisition of the live rights of the UEFA Champions League is based on a mixed calculation.
Marking the first rollout of its premium catch-up TV brand on a third-party platform, German public broadcaster ZDF has launched ZDF select on Amazon Prime Video Channels.
After 20 years, German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland will no longer show the games of the UEFA Champions League.
German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF will interconnect their catch-up TV services with the first step being a cross-linking search function available from November 18, 2019.
German telco Deutsche Telekom has acquired the TV rights for the UEFA European Football Championship 2024 in Germany.
ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery have launched their joint German streaming platform Joyn, offering 55 TV channels as free live-streams.
Ad-supported, free streaming platform Pluto TV has acquired a programme package from ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of German public broadcaster ZDF, and uses the content to offer two channels: Kultkrimi and Telenovela ZDF.
Dr Thomas Bellut, general director of German public broadcaster ZDF, calls for cross-linking the content of the various catch-up and on-demand services instead of attempting to set up a central OTT platform for all German TV broadcasters.