Regulators OK two Teuton pay TV apps

Tele Munchen, EM.TV have applied for license for TM-TV

LONDON — Germany’s media antitrust authorities have no objection to applications for two broadcasting licenses that could breathe new life into the country’s slow-starting feevee market, regulators said Thursday.

Herbert Kloiber’s Tele Munchen Group together with EM.TV has applied for a license for TM-TV, an action/suspense service for male auds. The pay channel would be distributed via cable and satellite.

A second application comes from DRB Event Channel, owned by talkshow producer Ulrich Hansbuer. DRB Event Channel plans to broadcast concerts, sports events, trade fairs and reality TV via cable and satellite.

Germany’s pay TV market has started slowly, with subscribers to the Kirch Group’s Premiere World platform stagnating at 2.2 million. Cabler Primacom is also involved in a local pay TV service in a limited number of households.

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