March 2018


A Novel, Low Budget, Converged DTH + OTT Platform Has Commenced Operations In Germany That Could Serve As A Role Model For India.


The M7 Group has launched a DTH platform in Germany on Astra (19.2° East) on February 14, 2018.

The hybrid service branded Diveo (a reshuffle of the word Video) will converge the ds of DTH and OTT, enabling on-demand, interactive and cloud-based PVR services, Oliver Rockstein, Executive Vice President of M7 Group, told the press. The entire content will also be available on smartphones & tablets through Android/iOS apps.

The STB will connect the linear TV channels as DTH from the Astra satellite as well as streaming and interactive services from the internet on the TV set. All content wis seamlessly integrated into a single user interface. Rockstein acknowledged that it's been a challenge obtaining all the rights required for the on-demand, interactive and mobile services.

The DTH Platform Does Not Lease A Single Transponder


The basic FTA package with more than 50 HD channels, is priced at Euro 7.90 per month & includes non-linear functions such as live pause, restart, the broadcasters' catch-up portals, a T-VOD service from Videociety with over 5,000 movies and a network PVR enabling cloud-based recording. 10 hours of storage capacity are included in the basic package with customers being able to sign up for larger packages with 100, 250 and 500 hours.

The all-inclusive bouquet is priced at Euro 16.90 per month.

FTA Channels Via DTH & Pay Channels Via OTT


Interestingly, M7 has not rented its own DTH transponders, but co-uses existing transponders leased by other DTH platforms, covering the same region.

DTH delivery is only for FTA channels, through Astra's transponders also used for Germany's HD+ platform. The FTA channel bouquet includes more than 50 HD channels delivered via DTH.


All Pay-TV channels are delivered only via OTT streaming.


Diveo recommends a minimum internet bandwidth of 10Mbps 'to be on the safe side', but lower speeds worked during tests.


Diveo will provide a fillip to many small audience Pay TV channels, that have been ejected by dominant players Sky Deutschland and HD+. The small pay channels include ProSiebenSat.1, AXN, Sport1 US, Silverline Movie Channel, RCK TV & Gute Laune TV.


Rockstein stressed that all linear TV, on-demand & interactive services are integrated. "It's not just a lineup of different apps. The deep integration enables functions such as searching for series, movies or actors across several broadcasters' catch-up services. Through the Android and iOS apps, the full service is available on smartphones and tablets, enabling, for example, remote recording.


To keep costs down and to implement a quick roll-out, the DIVEO STB is initially being offered online only, from the Diveo website.

The STB is priced at Euro 79, and is capable of receiving FTA channels & the includes internet connectivity.


A CI module is to be purchased separately and installed to receive pay cchannels. The CI+ module is Euro 49 extra.

The platform uses a smartcard-based Conditional Access Solution provided by Viaccess- Orca. For the CI+ module, Diveo has created a smart TV app combining the module with the TV set's internet connection. This enables the user interface on CI+ to look like the user interface on the STB.

The first partner offering the Diveo app on its smart TV sets is Samsung with other manufacturers to follow.


Diveo will initially be offered to DTH households in Germany, but Rockstein hinted that it could act as a role model for rolling out hybrid platforms in other markets where the M7 group already operates - Austria, the Benelux countries and Central and Eastern Europe. These group companies already uses synergies between their local operations for STBs, CI+ modules, OTT, apps and content provision.


But Diveo may not remain the only innovator in the German broadcast market.

DTT terrestrial transmitter operator Media Broadcast is reportedly preparing a DTH version of its DVB-T2 platform Freenet TV targeting Astra satellite households, effectively making Freenet TV available nationwide. n