Free TV not for free

Kickback fees for distributing channels that are free on satellite: this is an awkward world. But it is what is happening on OTT (which has arguably higher distribution cost than satellite) in Germany for popular commercial FTA channels RTL and Pro7Sat1 on Magine TV: an OTT platform.

Of course it is known that RTL and Pro7Sat1 are looking for ways to get more leverage out of their popular positions and that the add market cannot give that. HD+ is one of the solutions for that; of course they could not introduce subscruptions for SD based on the fear they would loose viewers and thus advertising euros.

Magine TV launches in Germany.

HD+ grows to 1.5M subs.