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Telekom removes ProSiebenSat.1’s pay-TV channels from IPTV

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Deutsche Telekom removed the pay-TV channels Sat.1 Comedy and kabel eins classics from its IPTV platform Entertain on 1 August 2011.

“We haven’t been able to agree on an extension of the existing contract,” a Telekom spokesman told Rapid TV News. The spokesman didn’t want to elaborate on the reasons for the failure of the negotiations, explaining “We don’t comment on the details and background of contract negotiations”. He stressed, however, that the talks with the channels’ parent company ProSiebenSat.1 would continue, saying “We are working on a solution”. The broadcaster’s free-to-air channels won’t be affected. A spokesman for ProSiebenSat.1 also stressed that negotiations would continue, but declined to give details.

As a replacement for Sat.1 Comedy, kabel eins classics and Motors TV, which was also removed on 1 August, Deutsche Telekom will grant subscribers of the affected pay-TV package access to MTV, MTV Brand New and E! Entertainment.

On 1 December 2010, Telekom removed RTL group’s three pay-TV channels - RTL Crime, RTL Living and Passion - from Entertain. The reason given back then, as now, was the failure to reach an agreement on the continuation of the carriage contract (http://www.rapidtvnews.com/index.php/201011309124/telekom-loses-rtls-pay-tv-on-iptv.html).

Within the industry, it is speculated that both the large commercial TV groups want to implement technical restrictions at their channels as part of the contract negotiations limiting the recording, copying and forwarding of programme content. In this context, RTL has already accused Telekom of a breach of contract and threatened to take legal action (http://www.rapidtvnews.com/index.php/201012019138/exclusive-rtl-and-telekom-in-breach-of-contract-iptv-dispute.html).

With these controversial restrictions, the broadcasters want to prevent ad-skipping and uncontrolled redistribution of their content by viewers. However, these measures have met with resistance from platform operators who use enhanced TV functions such as time-shifted television to promote their offers. They fear that the broadcasters’ far-reaching signal and copyright protection measures could annoy their customers.

The conflict of interest could also be one of the reasons why Telekom still doesn’t carry the HD channels compiled by RTL and ProSiebenSat.1. The channels are only transmitted with the restrictions on both SES Astra’s DTH satellite platform HD+ and on cable networks.



Read more: Telekom removes ProSiebenSat.1’s pay-TV channels from IPTV | News | Rapid TV News http://www.rapidtvnews.com/index.php/2011080214076/joern-krieger.html#ixzz1TyPcpzwr
 
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