TKS

History

Serving those that serve

TKS was originally founded as the result of a 1988 military initiative developed by a senior level workgroup composed of USEUCOM (U.S. European Command), the U.S. Army Europe, and the U.S. Air Force Europe. The objective was to enrich the quality of life of U.S. service members stationed in Germany by supplying English-language television programming.

After an initial test phase in Bitburg, Sembach and Stuttgart, an agreement between the German Ministry for Post and Telecommunications and USEUCOM was executed in 1992. This partnership agreement is what led to the formation of TKS as a wholly owned subsidiary of DeTeKabel-Service Bonn. TKS was thereby charged with the task of providing U.S. service members and their families with cable television and other telecommunication services.

TKS rapidly became a European leader in the technical know-how required to interface between European PAL and American NTSC broadcast standards. Altogether more than € 30 million was invested in order to guarantee that all English-language programs, with licensing contracts from the respective U.S. companies, could be broadcasted.

Over the years, further technological advancements and an ever-expanding customer base led to the development of additional custom-tailored English language solutions. Today, TKS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vodafone Kabel Deutschland and its products and services are now available throughout Germany – and also worldwide.