4. August 2022

Infographic: This is how much German TV fans have to pay to watch all the important content

Watching soccer for up to 105 euros / TeraVolt GmbH breaks down costs for video streaming

Hamburg, August 04, 2022 - On Friday, FC Bayern Munich will open the new season of the German Soccer League against Eintracht Frankfurt. From then on, anyone who wants to watch not only all the games in Germany but also internationally will have to take out six subscriptions for a total of up to 105.27 euros per month for the first time this season. This was calculated by TeraVolt GmbH, a solution provider for digital media products. The necessary subscriptions consist of DAZN and Sky WOW Live Sport at €29.99 each, as well as MagentaSport (€9.95), Amazon Prime Video (€8.99) and RTL+ (€7.99). Added to this is the broadcasting fee of €18.36.

Prime Video has shown selected Uefa Champions League matches since last season, while RTL+ broadcasts the Uefa Europa League and the Uefa Conference League. DAZN shares the Bundesliga with Sky and only recently doubled its prices from 14.99 to 29.99 euros. Meanwhile, those who no longer want to miss any movies and series in streaming pay up to 121.26 euros for a total of twelve subscriptions, and those who simply want to consume all moving image content in HD come to 206.19 euros for 17 services (including broadcasting fee).

In the meantime, however, this is not absolutely necessary because Sky as well as Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone offer bundles that include several services. For example, if you want to watch the German Soccer League, you can get all the sports content from WOW (Sky), DAZN, and MagentaSport for 39.00 euros per month with MagentaTV. Netflix, Disney+, and RTL+ can also be booked in the bundle.

Vodafone offers the GigaTV package including Netflix and DAZN, which always includes the private stations in HD.

Sky goes one step further: DAZN and Netflix can also be booked as part of the package, but agreements with Warner and NBC Universal mean that content from HBO Max and Peacock is also part of the Sky Q offer.

"Never before has so much TV content been available to viewers. However, more content also means more costs and complexity due to the sheer abundance of offerings. This year, soccer fans, in particular, are feeling the pinch," said Tobias Künkel, Chief Executive Officer at TeraVolt. "Given the accumulated costs, hardly anyone will subscribe to all the streaming services that are out there but will be selective. For TV platforms like MagentaTV, GigaTV or Sky Q, this content jungle is a great opportunity to help customers with bundles, better discoverability, and more orientation."

About the methodology: for its calculation, TeraVolt considered Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV+, Sky and Dazn as well as RTL+, Joyn, MagentaTV, YouTube Premium, Discovery+, the Rundfunkbeitrag, but also Paramount+ (German launch in December 2022).

Infographic: What are the TV costs in Germany?

Bundles

Whether it's top-class blockbusters, exciting series or picture-stealing documentaries - never before has the entertainment on offer been as extensive and varied as it is today. While new content in a wide variety of genres is being produced almost in the chord, more and more providers are entering the market and vying for the favor of the paying public. It's not easy to keep track of everything. If you have a wide range of interests and don't want to miss out on anything, you might ask yourself: What does the full TV experience actually cost me? That's why we're giving you a brief overview of the best-known providers and their most important details.

To get it right from the start: Hardly anyone books 10 TV subscriptions. And usually, this is not even necessary because Sky, Telekom, and Vodafone offer exciting bundles that save time, nerves and money. For example, if you want to watch the Bundesliga, you can choose the MegaSport option from Telekom for 39.00 euros a month. In return, you get all the sports content from WOW (Sky), DAZN, and MagentaSport. You can also book Netflix, Disney+, and RTL+ in a discounted bundle if you want.

Vodafone also offers the GigaTV package including Netflix and DAZN, and HD's private channels are included anyway.

Sky goes one step further: Netflix or DAZN can also be booked directly in the package. The provider also has direct agreements with Warner and NBC Universal. As a result, content from HBO Max and Peacock is part of the Sky Q offering.


The Broadcasting Fee (Rundfunkbeitrag)

What is it?

The broadcasting fee - colloquially still often called the GEZ fee - is used to finance the public broadcasters in Germany. These include the nine state broadcasting corporations of the ARD, the Second German Television (ZDF) and Deutschlandradio. In both radio and television, the offerings must serve education, information, advice and entertainment; the special focus on culture is explicitly mentioned.

Highlights

Whether news, features or reports - in the area of topical reporting, public broadcasting is clearly ahead. But numerous formats, such as "Tatort," also enjoy great popularity in the entertainment sector.

What does it cost?

The broadcasting fee of 18.36 euros is charged monthly as a flat rate per home and is required by law.


Private HD TV 

What is it?

Almost unnoticed by many, but nonetheless: Anyone who uses the offerings of private TV stations in HD quality, which is standard on the market today, usually pays in the form of the cable connection, satellite or IPTV package.

Highlights

In return, they get several dozen channels in HD from RTL, ProSiebenSat.1 and many others free of charge.

What does it cost?

The costs are generally around 5.00 euros per month.


Basic Pay TV

What is it?

Back in the mid-nineties, the brave new subscription TV world began with linear pay TV packages. To this day, many customers opt for the add-on packages offered by cable, satellite and IPTV providers.

Highlights

The channel packages include 25 to 50 additional channels of various genres. Many content providers are increasingly pulling content from pay TV channels to market them in their own D2C offerings. As a result, exclusive highlights are becoming rarer in basic pay packages.

What does it cost?

10.00 to 20.00 euros per month.


Amazon Prime Video 

What is it?

Unlike Netflix, Amazon Prime Video does not offer a streaming-only subscription. Instead, the video streaming portal is included in the price of the Amazon Prime membership.

Highlights

Successful series like "The Man in the High Castle," "Goliath," "The Wheel of Time" or "Carnival Row." And then, of course, there's the mega-production "The Lord Rings: The Rings of Power," which will launch in September.

How much does it cost?

The subscription currently costs 7.99 euros per month or 69.00 euros per year, and from September 2022 the price is expected to increase to 8.99 euros per month or 89.90 euros per year.


AppleTV+ 

What is it?

Apple's own streaming service has relied almost exclusively on self-produced content since 2019. Therefore, the offer is more manageable than the competition's but very high-quality and exclusive.

Highlights

Highlights include the science fiction series "For all Mankind" and "Foundation", the star-studded journalism drama "The Morning Show," and the mystery series "Servant" by The Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan.

How much does it cost?

A monthly subscription costs 4.99 euros. Anyone who buys a new Apple device, such as an iPhone, can use the streaming service for free for three months.


DAZN 

What is it?

The streaming service, which was launched in 2016, has now secured a considerable portfolio of broadcasting rights for a wide range of sports. According to its own information, DAZN broadcasts more than 8000 games, events and tournaments.

Highlights

In addition to soccer competitions such as the UEFA Champions League and Bundesliga, the offer also includes American sports leagues such as the NBA, NFL and MLB.

How much does it cost?

The cost is 29.99 euros for a monthly subscription.


discovery+ 

What is it?

The streaming service discovery+ is considered the global market leader for non-fictional content and mainly offers movies and series from the reality TV sector, documentaries and various factual formats.

Highlights

High-quality documentary series on a wide variety of topics: From the controversial relationship between Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein in "Prince Andrew and the Epstein Scandal," to coming to terms with the murder of fashion czar Maurizio Gucci in "Lady Gucci: The Black Widow," to coming to terms with the drug-laden past with Lori Arnold in "Queen of Meth."

How much does it cost?

The monthly cost of the streaming service with advertising is 3.99 euros, while the ad-free offer costs 5.99 euros.


Disney+ 

What is it?

Disney+ is a streaming service launched in 2019 with more than 137 million subscribers worldwide. Big names in the portfolio include Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, and National Geographic.

Highlights

The range of highlights is broad at Disney+: Not only series like "The Mandalorian," "Dopesick" or "Loki," but also classics like "The Lion King," "Mulan" or "Beauty and the Beast" enjoy great popularity.

What does it cost?

The subscription costs €8.99 per month or €89.99 for an annual subscription.


Joyn+ 

What is it?

Joyn+ is a so-called freemium model from the ProSiebenSat.1 Group, Warner Bros. Discovery and other content partners, in which the basic product is free and all updates are paid for.

Highlights

With the premium subscription, you can catch up on several past seasons of ratings hits like "Joko gegen Klaas" or "The Masked Singer" in HD. You also have access to well-known US series like "Grey's Anatomy" and German productions like "Jerks".

What does it cost?

The monthly subscription costs 6.99 euros.


MagentaSport

What is it?

Magenta Sport is Telekom's sports service that can be used regardless of provider and broadcasts over 1,600 sports events per year.

Highlights

Sports fans can watch all games of the 3rd league, the women's national leagues, the basketball national league and the German ice hockey league. For an additional charge, Telekom customers also receive all Sky conferences from the German Soccer League and the UEFA Champions League, as well as all games from the DKB Handball Bundesliga.

What does it cost?

Customers without a Telekom contract pay for Magenta Sport in an annual subscription for EUR 9.95 per month or EUR 16.95 for monthly payments. With a Telekom contract, the price is lower: EUR 4.95 for an annual subscription or EUR 9.95 for a monthly subscription.


MagentaTV

What is it?

Magenta TV is Telekom's TV streaming service. With this service, you receive numerous TV channels and also have access to exclusive series, movies, shows and documentaries in the media library. With various additional packages such as MagentaSport, you can also customize your experience.

Highlights

Series like "The Handmaid's Tale," "Better Things," "Get Shorty" and "Condor" are exclusive productions that you can only find in Germany on this platform. And MagentaSport (see above) is also included.

How much does it cost?

The price for MagentaTV Smart is 10.00 euros for a 24-month contract term and 15.00 euros for the monthly cancellation option.


Paramount+ 

What is it?

Paramount+ is to be available in Germany, Austria and Switzerland from December of this year. The streaming service from the U.S. will then offer not only numerous productions from Paramount, but also series and movies from Showtime, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and MTV.

Highlights

The highlights include not only numerous cinematic classics such as "Titanic," "Forrest Gump" and "The Godfather," but also all the films and series set in the Star Trek universe. With series such as "Halo" and "The Offer," the portfolio also includes the first exclusive productions outside of Enterprise & Co.

How much does it cost?

The cost is expected to be 7.99 euros per month.


Netflix 

What is it?
Netflix is still considered the top dog among streaming services and currently offers the largest selection of series, movies and documentaries at a fixed price.

Highlights

Highlights include the series "House of Cards" and "Mindhunter," co-produced by David Fincher, the German production "Dark," the animated series "Bojack Horseman" and the South Korean drama series "Squid Game," for example.

How much does it cost?

The basic rate is €7.99 per month, but if you want the program in Ultra HD quality and up to four simultaneous streams, you'll have to shell out €17.99 per month.


RTL+

What is it?

RTL+ is a streaming service from the RTL Group. In the free version, you can access all content from channels like RTL, RTL 2, or Vox that is also on linear TV - either in a live stream or in the media library afterward.

Highlights

With the paid premium subscription, not only exclusive in-house productions, but also successful formats such as "The Bachelor" can be watched in advance.

What does it cost?

RTL+ Premium costs EUR 4.99 per month and includes advertising. The RTL+ Premium Duo option for 7.99 euros eliminates advertising and adds the option to download content and multi-device usage.


Sky WOW

What is it?

WOW is the new name of Sky's streaming service, which was known as "Sky Ticket" until June 2022.

Highlights

WOW Series & Fime features classics like "The Sopranos," "Six Feet Under" and "The Wire," as well as many newer hit series like "Game of Thrones," "Watchmen" and "Westworld."

WOW Live-Sport includes the Saturday matches of the Bundesliga, the 2nd Bundesliga, Premier League, as well as Formula 1, Handball Bundesliga, NHL, Golf, Tennes and much more.

What does it cost?

There are currently a total of three different subscriptions to choose from: WOW Series for 9.99 euros per month, WOW Movies and Series for 14.98 euros per month, and WOW Live Sports for 29.99 euros per month.


YouTube Premium 

What is it?

YouTube Premium is a special subscription to the YouTube video portal, which has been offered in Germany since 2018. With it, millions of videos can be watched without advertising and also downloaded. Also a portfolio of exclusive originals is included.

Highlights

The subscription also includes the premium version of the YouTube Music streaming app.

What does it cost?

After a trial period of eight weeks, the subscription costs 11.99 euros per month.


13. May 2022

TeraVolt and DFL successfull with Bundesliga Interactive Feed at Sports Technology Awards

Hamburg/London, May 13th, 2022 - TeraVolt and the Deutsche Fußball Liga (German Football League, DFL) have won the Sports Technology Award in the "App of the Year" category for their joint product "Bundesliga Interactive Feed". The award ceremony took place yesterday evening in London. The product had already won three awards at the SportsPro OTT Awards 2021.

"After our successes, last year, winning at the Sports Technology Awards is further proof of the work we have put into the product together with the DFL", said Tobias Fröhlich, Founder and Managing Partner of TeraVolt and responsible for TVXRAY. "The viewing habit of GenZ is shorter, faster-moving, and more timeless. Therefore, football fans from this generation also want their content on-demand, underpinned with additional info and statistics. That's exactly what we offer them with the Interactive Feed."

Dr. Steffen Merkel, Director Audiovisual Rights at the DFL, added: "The Sports Technology Awards are a very nice accolade for the Interactive Feed and demonstrate the high quality and innovative strength of this product. It allows us to offer Bundesliga media partners as well as football fans around the world great added value to their viewing experience."  

The Interactive Feed is entirely designed for the mobile digital-first TV world with all its new requirements and diverse device landscape. The technical foundation for the product is TeraVolt's TVXRAY SaaS platform and Amazon Web Services (AWS).   

The product primarily fulfills three principles: Orientation, de-linearization, and personalization. Viewers get all matchday data delivered at the touch of a button – and immediately on the first screen. Features include the display of highlight videos, quick switching to parallel games as a personalizable conference mode, and video alerts in real-time.     

About TeraVolt:    

TeraVolt is a solution provider for digital media products based in Hamburg. Founded in 2006, the company specializes in the digital transformation of the media sector and develops customized solutions for its customers. Well-known players such as ARD, ZDF, and RTL as well as RedBull, DFL, Vodafone, and Deutsche Telekom are long-standing partners. TeraVolt supports them with consulting, services, and content solutions such as TV apps, media libraries, or live sports apps. In addition to software development, TeraVolt also operates various solutions for its customers. This starts with the operational business and continues with regular QA checks in the in-house TV test center to proactive product improvements.  

TeraVolt also offers its own products, such as the Sports Entertainment Suite "TVXRAY" and the Addressable TV Solution "SmartPages". The TeraVolt team consists of four experienced managing directors and 50 experts in the areas of product, strategy, and technology. https://www.teravolt.tv/coversilder-home_eng

Bundesliga’s award-winning Interactive Feed for DFL
Screenshot DFL Bundesliga Interactive Feed

28. April 2022

The dynamic tech lineup behind Bundesliga’s award-winning Interactive Feed

Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL) selected TeraVolt's TVXRAY product to enhance the live football experience. Together with Amazon Web Services, we provide the Interactive Feed to DFL clients worldwide.

The dynamic tech lineup behind Bundesliga’s award-winning Interactive Feed for DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga is featured now on the AWS Media Blog: https://go.aws/36QGXEV

25. April 2022

TeraVolt is launch partner for Synamedia Go with TVXRAY

Synamedia, the world’s largest independent video software provider, announces the launch of its complete Synamedia Go cloud video suite at NAB 2022. We are proud to be part of the launch lineup of partners with our product TVXRAY.

With TVXRAY you can enhance sports broadcasts to a Gen-Z-ready video- and data-experience. TV platform operators and networks can take advantage of this via the ready-to-go pre-integration into the Synamedia ecosystem.

Press release Synamedia: here.

LONDON – 25 April 2022 – Synamedia, the world’s largest independent video software provider, today  announces the launch of its complete Synamedia Go cloud video suite. Go.Foundation, the entry level service is complemented by a suite of new packs, including Go.Monetize, Go.Personalize and Go.Recommend. Synamedia Go offers video service providers of any size everything they need to rapidly launch a streaming service as well as the ability to customize it to increase value.

The full suite of Synamedia Go reflects the need for an agile, flexible SaaS platform that balances functionality with speed-to-market for VOD and live streaming services. Whether customers are OTT providers, broadcasters or pay-TV operators, Synamedia Go includes all the functionality and flexibility required to acquire, manage, and distribute content. The expanded service will debut on the Synamedia booth W10113 at NAB 2022, Las Vegas, April 23-27.

Synamedia Go’s open design gives customers a choice of using pre-integrated third party solutions from providers in the Synamedia Partner Network. Initial partners are: Dotscreen, To The New (TTN), Wiztivi (for UI); Cleeng, InPlayer, and Evergent (for monetization and identity); Gracenote, Teravolt, and Utelly (for metadata, recommendations and aggregation). Synamedia’s own security, addressable advertising, business insights, and video network solutions are also pre-integrated with Synamedia Go. Alternatively, customers can develop their own applications or use their preferred provider for common components such as metadata, CRM, and billing systems.

Nick Thexton, Synamedia CTO, said “As we move into a new generation of streaming platforms, media businesses of all types need systems that are much more flexible. New viewing experiences have to be matched quickly to commercial objectives, consumer satisfaction and performance optimization.

“Building on our decades of experience designing video software solutions, Synamedia Go meets this need for flexibility and rapid implementation. It bridges the gap in the market between very basic systems, and – at the other extreme – highly customized solutions that can be very expensive to modify once live. Synamedia Go complements our broad OTT portfolio including Synamedia OTT ServiceGuard, VIVID Workflow as a Service, Synamedia Iris OTT addressable advertising, and Synamedia Clarissa business insights,” Thexton added.

Tom Morrod, co-founder and research director at industry analyst firm, Caretta said “With the average household wanting no more than 3 or 3.5 different streaming services, the industry is in a battle to be the bundle in the home. This requires whole new levels of agility to launch and update streaming services. To meet this need, video service providers are now looking for cloud-based, modular, SaaS solutions that incorporate best-of-breed offerings for the perfect combination of speedy deployment and functionality.”

With a focus on personalization, monetization and enhancement, the base product Go.Foundation includes VOD and linear content management, rights management, metadata and data control, user experience management, user engagement and subscription options.

In addition, the new add-on packs that can be added to a customer’s service instantly are:

  • Enhance – providers subscribers with additional viewing features such as download to go and voice search
  • Recommend – serves data-driven recommendations for increased viewer stickiness
  • Personalize – allows users to create their own profiles for personalized experiences
  • Monetize – provides multiple pricing and packaging options for content, such as PPV
  • Time-Shift – gives users control to watch when they want, with catch up, restart and more
  • Brand – allows providers to add services under different brands and in different geographies

These packs are in addition to Go.Aggregate, launched in 2021, which manages the complexity of offering multiple streaming services, both on demand and linear TV content.

Synamedia Go is platform and client software agnostic and can be fully integrated with Android TV, RDK, Apple TV, iOS, WebOS and Tizen applications. Allowing customers to predict costs and manage total cost of ownership, Synamedia Go uses a simple bundled pricing model based on the number of subscribers and add-on packs.

About Synamedia

We’re trusted by over 200 video service providers to deliver, protect and monetize video content in an increasingly IP world. Synamedia’s flexible incremental architecture provides a rapid, friction-free way to add, build and deploy cloud-based video services. Our award-winning portfolio also includes intelligence-led anti-piracy, advanced advertising, business analytics, broadband, and video network solutions and services. Synamedia’s technology is in 320 million active devices and protects $70 billion in revenue annually. Synamedia is backed by the Permira funds and Sky.

Twitter: @SynamediaVideo

LinkedIn: Synamedia

For press and analyst queries, please contact:

Rachel Postlethwaite

SynamediaUK@breakawaycom.com

24. March 2022

TeraVolt develops RTL+ app for Vodafone GigaTV

RTL Germany relies on TeraVolt for GigaTV migration from RTL+ to implement app in Metrological's Lightning Framework.

Hamburg, March 31st, 2022 - TeraVolt wins RTL Germany as a new clientr. The Hamburg-based solution provider for digital media products will take care of integrating the RTL+ streaming service into the GigaTV user interface. The goal is to launch the RTL+ app on the Vodafone platform before the end of the year. RTL+ premium customers will then also be able to access more than 55,000 hours of content in various genres via GigaTV: from top-class fiction in-house productions such as "Sisi" or "Der König von Palma" to shows, documentaries and feature films, as well as live broadcasts of UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League matches.

The basis for the GigaTV migration of RTL+ is the Metrological Lightning Framework. TeraVolt has been working with Metrological's technological frameworks for years and is specialized in developments within Metrological's so-called Lightning Framework (part of Comcast Technology Solutions). Oliver Koch, founder and CEO at TeraVolt, says: "RTL+ is one of the most important players in the streaming segment with its content and strategic orientation. We are all the more pleased to develop the app together with RTL Germany and make it available on GigaTV. At the same time, we are further expanding our long-standing successful collaboration with Vodafone along the new processes."

Alexander Krey, head of platform growth RTL+, adds: "We develop most of the applications for RTL+ in-house. However, our colleagues at TeraVolt are real experts in working with Metrological's Lightning Framework. That's why they are exactly the right partner to make RTL+ easily and directly accessible to GigaTV users as well. We are very much looking forward to the collaboration and the launch, which should take place later this year."

About TeraVolt:

TeraVolt is a solution provider for digital media products based in Hamburg's Schanzenviertel. Founded in 2006, the company specializes in the digital transformation of television and develops customized solutions together with its customers - from the initial idea to innovative products in operational use. The portfolio includes applications in the segments Managed Platforms, Enhanced TV and OTT, as well as the business areas Consulting and Services. In addition, TeraVolt also offers its own products such as the Sports Entertainment Suite "TVXRAY" and the Addressable TV Solution "SmartPages". The TeraVolt team consists of four experienced managing directors and 45 experts in the areas of product, strategy and technology. https://www.teravolt.tv/coversilder-home_eng