Unitymedia hits one million subs

Satellite subsid to launch Fox Channel in May

COLOGNE — Germany’s second largest cable operator Unitymedia has passed the 1 million subscriber mark for its triple play services, which include pay TV.

In the first quarter, it gained 141,000 new customers for pay TV, internet access, and telephony.

The Cologne-based company, which provides cable TV for 4.7 million households in the populated states of North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) and Hessen, only launched a subscription-based platform last year, and thus became the first competitor for German paybox Premiere. It now counts 485,000 subscribers for pay TV services.

For fiscal 2007, Unitymedia reported an increase of sales by some 19% to Euro 760 million ($ 1.2 billion), which it says is a solid basis for investment in infrastructure and new media products.

Unitymedia’s satellite-based subsid ArenaSsat, meanwhile, will launch News Corp’s new Fox Channel in Germany on May 19. The channel will premier the fourth season of “Lost” ahead of its debut on free TV web ProSieben, and has the first window for subsequent seasons.

It has also picked up “The West Wing,” which has never aired in Germany.

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