TF1 channels to be carried by Orange

French broadcaster has struck a deal with Orange for carriage of five of its thematic channels, offered exclusively by CanalSat until now, according to local reports.

Eurosport 1 and 2, TV Breizh, Ushuaïa and Histoire will arrive on Orange’s TV service next year, according to the reports.

The deal follows Canal Plus Group’s decision no longer to offer exclusive carriage terms for the TF1 channels. In place of the previous €70 million provided for exclusive carriage of the five channels plus information channel LCI and lifestyle channel Stylia (which is already present on Orange’s Extra package), Canal Plus is only offering €10 million for non-exclusive carriage of Eurosport 1 from the end of the year. TF1 has this week filed a complaint with regulator the CSA over what it sees as Canal Plus’s failure to offer fair terms.

Orange has reportedly agreed to pay €20 million for non-exclusive carriage of the five channels via the Bbox and Livebox services.

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