Deutsche Telekom's EntertainTV adds UHD, Netflix and exclusive series

Friday, September 1st, 2017
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EntertainTV gets even better: UHD, Netflix and exclusive series

  • Beginning October 4 at no extra cost – EntertainTV will offer exclusively in Germany “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Cardinal” and “Better Things” and FOX+ series catalogue
  • Wide range of classic German movies thanks to collaboration with UFA
  • New media receiver delivers UHD brilliance and direct access to Netflix

Deutsche Telekom is massively expanding its EntertainTV entertainment offering. Besides technological improvements to the media receiver to support UHD (Ultra High Definition) and direct access to Netflix, Deutsche Telekom is also increasing the range of content on offer. New partners UFA and FOX+ are bringing a huge selection of movies and box sets. What’s more, Deutsche Telekom has secured the premiere rights to three highly-anticipated international series for EntertainTV, including Emmy-nominated U.S. hit series “The Handmaid’s Tale” from MGM Television. The series, the content from FOX+ and UFA, are available to all EntertainTV customers at no extra cost.

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“Deutsche Telekom sees itself as an aggregator on the media market – we bring together the best content on our TV platform so that we can offer our customers the best package. Combining superior technology, strong partners and exclusive content is crucial to achieving that aim,” says Michael Hagspihl, head of Consumers at Telekom Deutschland. “With television in Ultra High Definition, Netflix and Fox as well as our exclusive top series, we are taking the next step and underline our leadership in the German TV market.”

New partners, new content, exclusive rights

After acquiring numerous exclusive media rights in sport, Deutsche Telekom has, for the first time, also secured premiere rights for three TV series. Beginning October 4, crime series “Cardinal,” comedy series “Better Things” and “The Handmaid’s Tale”, which recently garnered 13 Emmy Award nominations will be available in Germany exclusively on EntertainTV. All episodes in the series will be available to EntertainTV customers at no extra cost.

Deutsche Telekom is also expanding the content it offers thanks to two new partnerships. The 100-year back catalogue of German film and television production company UFA will add a wide selection of classic German movies and made-for-TV films to the EntertainTV offering, while FOX+ offers a wide range of the best TV shows and seasons from 21st Century Fox. FOX+ is the new on demand product from Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa offering some of the best series from 21st Century Fox with key series and seasons from the genres drama, comedy and animation from the critically acclaimed studios: 20th Century Fox Television, fox21 television studios and all FNG Global shows.

New media receiver – making television more brilliant than ever

The new MR 401 media receiver, coming in autumn, gives EntertainTV customers direct access to Netflix and the numerous movies and series this streaming service offers. The new receiver is also UHD-ready and delivers a resolution up to four times higher than Full HD. UHD content available through EntertainTV includes content from Videoload, Netflix, YouTube and Sky. “Insight TV” is a new 24/7 channel with UHD content covering technology, adventure, travel and extreme sports. Starting from the upcoming season, games in the German ice hockey league will also be screened in Ultra High Definition at no extra cost. Thanks to efficient compression and streaming processes, all EntertainTV customers can access UHD content on demand. To watch live TV in UHD quality, customers need a MagentaZuhause L rate plan with a download speed of up to 100 Mbit/s.

The exclusive top series coming to Deutsche Telekom

“The Handmaid’s Tale”, an adaption from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her. “The Handmaid’s Tale” was created for television by Bruce Miller (The 100), who serves as the series’ showrunner. “The Handmaid’s Tale” is executive produced by Miller, Warren Littlefield (Fargo), Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears and Ilene Chaiken. “The Handmaid’s Tale” is produced by MGM Television and internationally distributed by MGM.

“Cardinal”: In this six-episode mystery series, burned-out Detective John Cardinal (Billy Campbell) is brought back into the Algonquin Bay Police Homicide Unit when the hunch he wouldn’t let go – and got him demoted – about the disappearance of 13-year-old Katie Pine is proven horribly correct. With his young new partner, Detective Lise Delorme (Karine Vanasse), Cardinal relentlessly tracks Katie’s killer, which soon leads him to a series of murders that are escalating in frequency and intensity. Cardinal soon begins to suspect that Delorme has a hidden agenda of her own, and struggles to keep from her a dark secret buried in his past that keeps threatening to resurface. As they race to catch the most brutal killer their small Northern Ontario town has ever seen Cardinal struggles to keep his head above water as the life he’s built with his wife and daughter threatens to unravel.

“Better Things” centers on Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon), a single, working actor with no filter raising her three daughters, Max (Mikey Madison), Frankie (Hannah Alligood) and Duke (Olivia Edward) in Los Angeles. She’s mom, dad, referee and the cops. Sam also watches out for her mother, Phil (Celia Imrie), an English expatriate, who lives across the street. Sam is flawed and fierce with her love for her daughters, and her own mother as well, sometimes heaping the love on when she feels guilty. Sam’s just trying to earn a living, navigate her daughters’ lives, have fun with a friend or two and also – just maybe – squeeze in some private time once in a while. “Better things” is co-created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K., and is executive produced by Adlon, Louis C.K., M. Blair Breard and Dave Becky. The series is produced by FX Productions, Pig Newton and 3 Arts Entertainment.

UHD-Content of Telekom: Sport, Insight TV, Netflix, Videoload

Telekom already provides a wide range of ultra-high-resolution content without any additional costs. In addition to “Insight TV”, the 24/7 channel with UHD content from areas of technology, adventure, travel and extreme sports, as well as games of the German hockey league, Videoload and Netflix offer a series of attractive content In UHD. For example, series on Netflix in UHD include “Stranger Things”, “Narcos”, “Death Note”, “Marvel’s The Defenders”, “Ozark”, “Orange Is The New Black” and many more. Videoload provides users with an immense catalog of up-to-date movies such as Kong: Skull Island, Resident Evil: Final Chapter, Fast & Furious 8 (from 15 September), King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (from 21 September) and the fan-favorite “Wonder Woman” (19 October) In UHD quality.

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