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Altice France unveils new TV features

Altice France has unveiled a number of new value-added services to its TV offering.

The group has launched a new catch-up TV interface and services for its BFM TV, BFM Business, RMC Story and RMC Découverte channels.

Altice said that its new offering included an immersive interface that gives rapid access to video-on-demand services. Catch-up availability will be extended beyond the current seven-day limit and other features are to follow in the coming weeks, including the ability to take up viewing from the point where it was left off, favourite lists and series linking.

Altice will also provide all episodes of certain new series immediately.

In addition to being accessible via Altice’s SFR set-tops, the new service will be extended to Bouygues Telecom’s TV offering in the near future.

Altice France remains at loggerheads with rival ISP Free, which has refused to pay for carriage of its channels on the model successfully fought for by national broadcaster TF1. The pair have been in dispute over the terms of carriage of the channels since March.

Altice’s current contract with Orange is meanwhile set to expire this month, leading to a potential clash with that operator over the terms of carriage of its services.