Tag Archives: Germany

Pluto TV added to Apple devices in UK & German-speaking markets

Pluto TV is making itself available on Apple TV and mobiles in the UK, Germany and Austria. The micro TV service is also launching in Switzerland for the first time. – Julian Clover, Broadband TV News » http://dlvr.it/RCKmJQ

TV piracy causing €700m in damage in Germany per year

Overall, including the preceding and following stages of the value chain, the lost turnover amounts to around €700 ($810.0) million per year. This is associated with tax losses of €170 ($196.73) million per year. These are the results of a study German consulting and research group Goldmedia compiled for German commercial broadcaster association VAUNET (formerly VPRT). – Jörn Krieger, Broadband TV News https://ift.tt/2N7lFnd

Germany plans to remove owner liability for piracy on open Wi-Fi hotspots—report

The country’s coalition government has agreed to change the “Störerhaftung” law, which has led to many people receiving fines for piracy carried out by others using their Wi-Fi connections. The aim is to bring changes in quickly, with a new law coming into force this autumn. Der Spiegel says that both individuals, and businesses offering Wi-Fi as an ancillary service, will be covered by the new exemption. This would represent a dramatic change from the present situation, which has resulted in far fewer open Wi-Fi networks in Germany compared to other countries, according to the report. – Glyn Moody, Ars Technica

Sony Pictures to turn Animax into VOD service

Sony Pictures Television Networks will turn Animax, its pay-TV channel for the fans of Japanese cartoon series (animes), into a video-on-demand (VOD) service in Germany from July 1, 2016. In return, Animax will be closed down as a conventional linear TV channel, […] According to Sony Pictures Television Networks, the move is a reaction to the very strong non-linear usage[.] – Jörn Krieger, Broadband TV News

46% of Germans ready to drop cable & satellite for OTT

This is the result of a survey conducted by market research institute TNS Infratest on behalf of internet TV provider Zattoo among 1,014 participants over 15 years of age. […] Almost one in three viewers (30%) currently use TV and video streaming services on their smart TV sets. The leading streaming devices are laptops and PCs (76%). Tablets are used by 24%, followed by smartphones (20%), streaming boxes and games consoles with 9% each. The most used streaming offers are YouTube (66%), the TV channels’ catch-up portals (63%), video-on-demand services (34%) and TV livestreams (28%). – Jörn Krieger, Broadband TV News http://ift.tt/1R0GCyh

Content Tax Makes German iPhones, iPads (a Little) More Expensive

Apple has raised prices on its iPhones by 5 euros ($5.43) and its iPads by 7 euros ($7.60) because of a new tax designed to distribute funds to German content-makers. Apple confirmed the price hike to the Associated Press today, and MacRumors flagged the increase a couple of days ago. – Peter Kafka, Re/code

Sky Deutschland to close down SVOD service Snap

Sky, Broadband TV News

Sky Deutschland will close down its subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service Snap as a stand-alone product in November 2015. The Snap content will be integrated into OTT platform Sky Online which will at the same time introduce the new Entertainment Monatsticket subscription for €9.99 per month. – Jörn Krieger, Broadband TV News

EU wants to lift digital borders in Europe

photo: Broadband TV News

EU digital commissioner Günther Oettinger wants to create a single market for digital services in Europe to gain more weight in the competition with the United States and Asia. […] Oettinger said at the Broadband Congress 2015 of German cable operator association FRK in Leipzig.[…] The further discussion rounds at the congress focused on the expansion of broadband networks in Germany, subsidies and business models as well as changes in media consumption. – Jörn Krieger, Broadband TV News

German Music Industry Points to Streaming for Recent Growth Spurt

photo: Billboard

The announcement was made by Frank Briegmann, Universal Music Group’s president of Central Europe and a board member of the German music industry association (Bundesverband Musikindustrie), at its annual sales convention in Berlin. […] Many consumers who are using streaming services are paying for music for the first time, Briegmann pointed out. Streaming saw an 87 percent increase in the first seven months and now accounts for 12.8 percent of German music sales. – Wolfgang Spahr, Billboard
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