French public broadcaster TF1 is to sub-license some of the forthcoming World Cup football matches to which it holds the rights to public broadcaster France TÃ©lÃ©visions and pay-TV service Canal Plus.
According to a report in French financial daily Les Echos, TF1 will sub-license 28 matches for a total of 33m, comprising Â25m from the public broadcaster and Â8m from Canal Plus. The deal is subject to agreement by international football body FIFA.
The move will enable TF1, which also owns specialist sport channel Eurosport, to spread the Â120m cost of acquiring the exclusive rights to the championship. The commercial broadcaster will retain the rights to all the matches of the French national team.