Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom has funds for scripted originals

Germany’s Deutsche Telekom is planning to invest in original scripted content from next year and has set funds aside for the project, according to Niek Jan van Damme, managing director of the telco’s domestic arm, Telekom Deutschland. Speaking on the opening panel yesterday at the ANGA COM broadband-meets-content confab in Cologne, Germany, Van Damme (pictured) […]

Netflix doesn’t scare local CEE players

Netflix is unlikely to make significant headway in most markets in central and Eastern Europe without making significant and probably uneconomic investments in local content, according to industry sources. Despite the global SVOD player’s decision to localise its service in Poland, there is still a lot of scepticism about the viability of the service in […]

Deutsche Telekom streaming 360° Chili Peppers show

Deutsche Telekom is due to air a 360-degree live-stream of the Red Hot Chili Peppers in concert, in what it claims is a first-of-its-kind broadcast in Germany. The operator will stream the HD immersive footage from the Chili Peppers’ September 6 gig at the Kraftwerk Berlin events space. The footage will be accessible with a […]

Telcos target TV

Telecoms operators are increasingly looking to TV to drive new subs, increase customer loyalty and create a new revenue stream. Mark Newman, consultant and former chief research officer at Ovum, looks at which operator is doing what and where… and why. Hong Kong’s PCCW is beginning to feel more like a television company than a […]

Vodafone-Liberty Global talks terminated

Vodafone has said that talks with Liberty Global about a possible asset swap have been terminated. In a statement issued today, Vodafone confirmed that the early-stage discussions – regarding a possible exchange of “selected assets” – will not go any further. The news comes after Liberty Global chairman, John Malone (pictured), signalled earlier this month […]

Netflix launches in Germany, partners with Deutsche Telekom

Netflix has gone live today in Germany and has signed a distribution partnership with Deutsche Telekom in the latest leg of its European expansion. Under the terms of the partnership deal, Netflix’s app will be available on Deutsche Telekom’s Entertain IPTV platform, with the service to be added to all Entertain set-top boxes in the […]

Greek telco makes move for Nova TV channel

Deutsche Telekom-backed Greek telecom operator OTE has made a non-binding offer to media group Forthnet for the acquisition of local pay TV provider Nova TV. OTE is offering between €250 million-300 million (US$342 million-411 million) on a debt and cash-free basis for Nova TV. Any deal will be subject to regulatory clearance. The move comes […]

ProSieben reports results, strikes Deutsche Telekom VOD deal

ProSiebenSat.1 has set itself an ambitious new target of realising additional revenues of €1 billion by 2018 compared with 2012 on the back of strong full-year results. The group has also struck a significant distribution deal with Deutsche Telekom for its Maxdome on-demand service. The deal with Deutsche Telekom will give the latter’s Entertain IPTV […]

RTL and Deutsche Telekom settle channels dispute

RTL Group and Deutsche Telekom have settled a dispute over conditions for carriage of the former’s channels on the latter’s Entertain IPTV offering and RTL channels will now be available on Telekom’s service. Deutsche Telekom has meanwhile also said that it is expanding its offering with the launch of 24 new HD channels, including n-tv […]

German court questions Liberty Global’s Kabel BW deal

A German court has overturned antitrust regulator Bundeskartellamt’s 2011 approval of Liberty Global’s acquisition of operator Kabel BW on the grounds that certain conditions set out at the time were not sufficient to compensate for the merged entity’s market power. The Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court, acting on a complaint from Deutsche Telekom, ruled that the […]