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Freenet TV joins forces with maxdome

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German DVB-T2 and DTH satellite platform Freenet TV has added the video-on-demand service maxdome to its offer.

maxdome is offered as a combined package with Freenet TV including CI+ module and access to Freenet TV and maxdome for six months each for a total price of €89. This corresponds to a saving of €30, according to Freenet TV.

Existing Freenet TV customers can sign up for maxdome at a monthly price of €6.99. The Freenet TV Entertainment Package is available from local retailers and online at www.freenet.tv.

The maxdome subscription can be booked by existing customers through the Freenet TV customer portal.

Freenet TV joins forces with maxdome

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German DVB-T2 and DTH satellite platform Freenet TV has added the video-on-demand service maxdome to its offer.

maxdome is offered as a combined package with Freenet TV including CI+ module and access to Freenet TV and maxdome for six months each for a total price of €89. This corresponds to a saving of €30, according to Freenet TV.

Existing Freenet TV customers can sign up for maxdome at a monthly price of €6.99. The Freenet TV Entertainment Package is available from local retailers and online at www.freenet.tv.

The maxdome subscription can be booked by existing customers through the Freenet TV customer portal.

ProSiebenSat.1 chooses MPP Global for OTT joint venture with Discovery

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German media company ProSiebenSat.1 has chosen UK-based subscription and billing solutions provider MPP Global to drive its joint OTT platform with Discovery Communications.

“To be successful with the ProSiebenSat.1 Digital products and new OTT platform, we wanted to replace our in-house subscription VOD solution with a much more flexible service to support subscription management and alternative monetisation of our assets. This was when we discovered MPP Global’s eSuite platform,” said Dirk Daumann, CTO of ProSiebenSat.1 Digital.

“We chose eSuite mainly for its feature-richness and complete APIs, especially when it comes to the flexibility in defining products and subscriptions. The platform also brings unique features which provide us with the ability to upsell our services through metering and paywalls,” added Daumann.

“In the future we envisage a model where we let consumers ‘try before sign-up’. So, consumers can watch the start of one of our premium shows for free and, after getting a sneak preview, they can decide if they want to subscribe so they can enjoy the rest of the show. This kind of functionality is essential to the future of the consumer-friendly platform we are developing.”

ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery joined forces to build the leading German OTT platform by integrating their existing streaming venture 7TV, video-on-demand (VOD) service maxdome and Eurosport Player in one place.

The yet unnamed platform will comprise live-streams, a catch-up service with local content as well as Hollywood productions and sports coverage. It will feature a free, advertising-funded service, a subscription-based advertising-free service and premium packages offering exclusive sports and movies.

Resembling Hulu set up by major broadcasters in the US, ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery have invited fellow major German public and commercial broadcasters ARD, ZDF and RTL to join the platform scheduled to launch in the first half of 2019.

German Cartel Office approves ProSiebenSat.1/ Discovery’s OTT plans

By JΓΆrn Krieger

The German Federal Cartel Office has approved the plans of media groups ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery Communications to expand their joint OTT platform 7TV by integrating their streaming services maxdome and Eurosport Player.

Following the extension planned for the first half of 2019 maxdome and Eurosport Player will no longer be offered individually. At the same time, the platform, which has hitherto been free of charge and financed by advertising, will partially become subscription-based.

It is not expected that the joint venture will gain a dominant market position through the additional business area, the Cartel Office justified its approval.

“Maxdome has a large and well-known video offer and the Eurosport Player has also gained popularity with the Bundesliga games. However, the market for paid video-on-demand continues to be a rapidly expanding market and has strong competitors such as Amazon, Netflix, iTunes and Sky as well as the public broadcasters’ offers,” Andreas Mundt, president of the Cartel Office, said in Bonn.

However, if ARD, ZDF and RTL accept ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery’s offer to join their OTT platform, the competition authority would again deal with the case, as the parties have notified the Cartel Office only of the extension to include their own activities maxdome and Eurosport Player. The merger review and approval is thus limited to this scenario.

If further content or cooperation partners are to be included, a new review is required, taking into account the current market situation and the concrete form of the cooperation, stressed the Cartel Office.

With their move, ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery aim to create a central streaming platform of German TV broadcasters modelled on US portal Hulu.

Unitymedia adds download function to Horizon Go

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German cable operator Unitymedia has equipped its mobile TV service Horizon Go with a download function.

With Download 2 Go, customers with a subscription to video-on-demand service maxdome can download films and series, save them on their mobile device and view them for up to 14 days without an internet connection.

Up to three devices can be registered for the download function; up to eight videos can be downloaded per device. Deleting the videos creates space for new recordings. Started videos expire automatically after 48 hours.

All series and films available for download are indicated in the new download area of the app. The new feature is automatically provided at no additional cost in the current Horizon Go app.

Unitymedia adds download function to Horizon Go

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German cable operator Unitymedia has equipped its mobile TV service Horizon Go with a download function.

With Download 2 Go, customers with a subscription to video-on-demand service maxdome can download films and series, save them on their mobile device and view them for up to 14 days without an internet connection.

Up to three devices can be registered for the download function; up to eight videos can be downloaded per device. Deleting the videos creates space for new recordings. Started videos expire automatically after 48 hours.

All series and films available for download are indicated in the new download area of the app. The new feature is automatically provided at no additional cost in the current Horizon Go app.

Deutsche Telekom attacks Netflix and Amazon

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German telco Deutsche Telekom wants to launch a video-on-demand (VOD) service showing exclusive TV series.

The company wants to unveil the service called Entertain TV Serien at a press conference during consumer electronics fair IFA Berlin on September 1, 2017, reports German media portal DWDL.

The VOD service will offer exclusive German debuts of series including, for example, US productions The Handmaid’s Tale and Better Things as well as Canadian crime series Cardinal, according to the report.

With the move, Telekom gets into competition with streaming providers such as Netflix, Amazon and maxdome as well as pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland and also heats up competition with other network operators like Vodafone (formerly Kabel Deutschland) and Unitymedia.

Entertain TV Serien is expected to launch in October 2017 on Deutsche Telekom’s IPTV platform Entertain TV as a service available at no extra charge to all Entertain TV subscribers.

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