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German broadcasters to set up free internet TV

The Local · 6 Aug 2010, 13:52

Published: 06 Aug 2010 13:52 GMT+02:00

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The internet portal will be open to all private and public broadcasters in Germany and Austria. Germany’s two main public broadcasters, ARD and ZDF, have signalled they may also participate.

The service will be based on popular US portals such as Hulu, which is a collaboration between American broadcasters NBC, Fox and ABC.

The service will carry advertising but will be free and legal to use, the Financial Times Deutschland reported. Programmes will be shown on the web up to seven days after they are broadcast on television.

ZDF spokesman Walter Kehr said the public broadcaster was “looking at it with interest.”

ProSiebenSat.1 spokesman Julian Geist said: “We would welcome it if the public broadcasters were involved.”

The plans have been submitted to the European Commission to make sure it adheres to competition guidelines, the FTD reported. It is not known precisely when the service will begin.

The move reflects a change in viewing behaviour, whereby growing numbers of TV fans want to be able to watch their favourite programmes at their leisure, rather than the traditional fixed time offered by free-to-air TV.

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According to the industry association Bitkom, a third of flat screen televisions being bought today are used for internet TV. With internet giant Google soon to launch its Google TV service, the interconnection of television and digital entertainment will become even greater.

Until now, commercial broadcasters have, like publicly-funded broadcasters, established online video portals independent of one another. RTL and ProSiebenSat.1 have previously been offering paid content online.

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15:34 August 6, 2010 by Prufrock2010
That's great news! Now all they have to do is to provide some content worth watching.
18:01 August 6, 2010 by auniquecorn
German broadcasters to set up free internet TV.

LOL, Next headline is, German Gov´t taxes free internet tv.
18:54 August 6, 2010 by JenniferWeb
This is nothing new. I get my TV via Internet from a program at seetvpc [dot] com. Have used it for a couple years and it's great.
23:19 August 6, 2010 by Bushdiver
@ JenniferWeb.........Yea, great site. I just attempted to subscribe. They have my money but I can't access the site nor did I receive a D/L link. Good thing I paid Per PayPal.
11:22 August 7, 2010 by Portnoy
Jesus Bushdiver don't fall for that crap. zattoo.de and you can see most TV online anyway. And their subscription for HD is real, not like this other pirated crap.
04:27 August 9, 2010 by Darkknight
This has nothing to do with providing video/content/etc fro free to everybody.

They are providing the service so GEZ can charge more for Internet connected

Computers, and users can't claim say there is no German Content on the net

and try to avoid paying the GEZ Fees. The Stations rake in my $ if GEZ fees than this service will cost them to run..
17:40 September 10, 2010 by kathiiiii
That´s it. So I fear they will do raise the fees.

But being online is essential in these days, so there is no other way for them to compete with the private channels.
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