France 24 adds four million homes

France 24 has increased its reach in Europe by four million in recent months, the news broadcaster said.

France 24 has doubled its distribution in Finland following its launch on the country’s two main cable operators Welho and DNA, which have a total of 630,000 subscribers, as well as on Elisa with 330,000 subscribers. Having obtained a licence to broadcast on DTT in the Helsinki region, the English version of France 24 will be accessible in Finland in January 2012.

In Russia, France 24 has signed five new contracts recently. The English version of the channel has been launched on three IPTV platforms – Rostelecom, Stream TV and JSCTV – which between them have over 300,000 subscribers. It has also launched on Beeline TV’s mobile TV service, which has 400,000 subscribers and has signed an agreement with the CrustalTV mobile TV application that has been downloaded by 1,750,000 Russian users.

Other European deals in the last six months include Blizoo in Bulgaria, which has 300,000 subscribers, Telemach in Slovenia with 70,000 subscribers, Austria’s Liwest with 40,000 subscribers, Makedonski in Macedonia with 30,000 subscribers and Romania’s Telemach Digital Cable Systems with 50,000 subscribers.

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