Liberty Global grows in Germany

Jörn Krieger ©RapidTVNews | 11-05-2012

Unitymedia and Kabel BW, the two German cable operators owned by US media company Liberty Global, have continued their growth course in Q1 2012.

The companies won a total of 219,100 new customers for internet, telephony and cable TV services in the first three months of the year. This corresponds with a growth of 12% compared with Q1 2011.

For internet access, Unitymedia and Kabel BW recorded an increase by 113,500 subscriptions and for telephony by 113,200 subscriptions, corresponding with a growth by 14% and 12% respectively in comparison with Q1 2011.

The digital-TV segment also continued to gain new customers, mainly due to strong demand for HD products, PVRs and pay-TV packages. In total, 83,700 new digital TV subscriptions were recorded in Q1 2012, corresponding with a growth by 31%.

Unitymedia and Kabel BW want to react to the rising HD demand through offering more high-definition channels. The additions include further Sky HD channels and other pay-TV services such as ProSieben Fun HD, Glitz HD, RTL Crime HD and Kinowelt TV HD.