ProSiebenSat.1 buys VOD portal

The ProSiebenSat.1 Group (broadcasting via ASTRA 19.2°E and ASTRA 23.5°E) has acquired full ownership of the German video-on-demand internet portal Maxdome from its partner, web-hosting company 1&1 Internet. Maxdome was started in 2006 as a 50:50 joint venture between ProSiebenSat.1 Group and 1&1 Internet, and boasts Germany’s largest online video library with 35,000 titles including films, TV drama, comedy, sport, music and cartoons. Customers can select titles via subscription or as a one-off pay-per-view, to stream or download. Some titles can be purchased to keep permanently

In June 2010 Maxdome introduced a hybrid version of its Media Center PVR set-top box for reception of the VOD service, other on-line catch-up services, and direct-to-home satellite TV, including the HD+ high definition platform on ASTRA 19.2°E which carries three HD channels from ProSiebenSat.1.