Deutsche Telekom does not need a broadcasting licence to offer German Bundesliga soccer matches over the Internet, Germany's regional media authorities said on Thursday.

Ex-state monopoly Deutsche Telekom has secured Internet rights for the country's premier soccer league for the next three seasons.

Pay-TV broadcaster Premiere will produce the programmes and in return can offer its customers the Bundesliga via Telekom's broadband network.

"We have seen the contracts, and there is no indication that the responsibility for the programming will not be with Premiere," said Reinhold Albert, the head of the regional media authorities.

The Bundesliga is an important part of Telekom's planned television offering over its high-speed network from this summer, alhough the company has not yet announced when its so-called T-Home Internet television service will start.

Albert added that the authorities would have to re-examine the question of Deutsche Telekom's independence from the state if it won further rights, for example to show feature films.