ProSieben, Discovery pact for OTT drive

ProSiebenSat.1 (P7S1) and Discovery Communications have joined forces to push OTT in the German market with a combined streaming service. The pair are also looking to add third party channels to a new joint venture streaming service. German TV and media giant P7S1 and global channel operator Discovery will stream a raft of their channels […]

Eurosport moves for premium football rights

Eurosport has made a significant move for premium football rights, securing a tranche of games from the top German Bundesliga championship. The Discovery-owned sport channel secured the local rights as part of a multi-billion auction for the German football rights, spanning 2017-2021, which saw pay TV heavyweight Sky secure the largest package of games. The overall […]

Sky facing bigger bill for German football

The value of German Bundesliga football rights is set to rocket to between €3.6 billion and €4.4 billion (US$4.1 to 5 billion) in the upcoming rights auction, placing a heavier financial burden on pay TV leader Sky, according to Ampere Analysis. While the value of Bundesliga rights has until now trailed well behind deals secured […]

Fox taking Bundesliga to entertainment channels

Fox will simulcast the opening match of the German football league on its sport as well as its entertainment channels around the world. In what Fox International Channels claims is a first, it will show the Bundesliga season opener between Bayern Munich and Hamburg on in Italy and the Netherlands in Europe and in North […]

Eurosport scores more Bundesliga rights

Eurosport has agreed a new deal for Bundesliga German soccer rights. The sports channel operator already carries games from the top two German leagues and the new deal gives it rights for two more seasons, starting in 2015/16. As well as TV, Eurosport gets digital rights meaning it can make matches available on its TV […]

Sky Deutschland on track for full year profit

Sky Deutschland said it is on track to deliver positive full-year EBITDA for the first time, after announcing strong third quarter figures. The German pay TV provider reported a 19% year-on-year revenue increase in the quarter to €392.7 million (US$530 million). It said subscription revenues were the key driver, supported by higher subscriber numbers, as […]

Sky Deutschland sports strong results

Sky Deutschland reported strong growth in its second quarter, with viewer numbers boosted by the operator’s sport line-up and coverage of domestic and international football. Sky recorded increased operating momentum with total customers up 47,900 to 3.453 million in the quarter, with CEO Brian Sullivan commenting that “with Bundesliga exclusivity, an unrivalled sport offering, great […]

Eurosport inks Player deal with Xbox

Eurosport is launching an app for the Xbox 360 that will let viewers watch live and on-demand content through the games console. The Eurosport Player app will roll out in 20 European markets, including Poland, the Netherlands and Sweden in the coming weeks, and will be available in 13 languages – though it is not […]

Record audience figures swing Sky Deutschland to profit

German pay TV platform Sky Deutschland said it reached record audience levels in Q1 2013, helping it to swing to a profit and record a 14% increase in revenues. Over the course of the quarter, ended March 31, 2013, Sky Deutschland said its customer base grew by 42,100 to 3.4 million and claimed that more […]