RTL puts hit German series on iTunes

Had been a major holdout for the online service

COLOGNE, Germany -- RTL Television will license some its hit series including "Alarm for Cobra 11" and "Doctor's Diary" to iTunes in Germany. The deal is a breakthrough for iTunes since RTL has been a major holdout for the online service.

RTL's initial branded offerings on iTunes will be modest -- only a handful of its in-house productions will be made available. RTL already offers its own free catch-up online service, RTLNow, which streams RTL shows up to seven days after their initial broadcast.