Altice France


Richard: Orange will not take part in future French consolidation

Orange will not participate in any future consolidation of the French multi-play telco business, according to CEO Stéphane Richard, despite ongoing speculation about the future of Altice France/SFR. Speaking to analysts after the company posted strong full-year results, Richard said that Orange would not play a role in any future combination except “to facilitate it” […]

M6 strikes carriage deal with Bouygues Telecom

French commercial broadcaster M6 Group has struck a distribution agreement with Bouygues Telecom, adding to its recent deals with Altice-SFR and Canal+. M6 said its deal with Bouygues Telecom provided for the carriage of its channels and non-linear services. The deal will also enable Bouygues Telecom TV subscribers to access extended catch-up TV windows for […]

Canal+ and Free threaten to drop TF1 as services are cut from Orange

Canal+ and Free have threatened to cut ties with TF1 over the latter’s demands for retransmission fees. France’s leading commercial broadcaster last week said it was pulling its channels from Orange’s network after the pair failed to strike a deal. Canal+ CEO Maxime Saada told the Journal du Dimanche that the pay TV operator would […]

Altice France’s Turrini leaves, replaced by Dreyfuss

Altice France/SFR’s secretary-general, Régis Turrinni, has left the company, to be replaced to Altice’s communications director Arthur Dreyfuss. Turrini was hired two years ago as a well-connected specialist in competition law and telecoms. A former Vivendi executive, he had been involved in the sale of cable operator Numericable and telecom operator SFR to Altice, the […]

Drahi takes charge as Altice moves to spin off US operation

Altice is to spin off its US operation and restructure its European and pay TV assets in a major reorganisation that saw its share price rise sharply. Company founder Patrick Drahi will take direct control of both European and US operations. Altice is to separate Altice USA from the parent company by spinning off its […]

Altice’s SFR rethinking sports strategy

Altice-owned French service provider SFR is planning a radical rethink of its sports strategy to recoup its investment in premium rights, with a new focus on expanding its OTT TV offering, according to a report in French financial daily Les Echos. According to the paper, citing an unnamed internal source, SFR is in the process […]

Altice to de-lever, promises no new M&A as it seeks to end share slide

Altice has confirmed that it plans to de-lever its balance sheet and bring leverage down in line with or below its targets over time. It said it would not pursue “any new meaningful M&A opportunities” and would dispose of non-core assets, including its transmission tower portfolio. Altice said it had taken action to kick off […]

Altice USA makes top tech appointments

Altice USA has promoted chief technology officer Terry Cordova and brought over Altice France CTO Philippe Le May to fill his old position. Cordova becomes vice chairman, business development – network and technology services at Altice USA, which operates Optimum and Suddenlink-branded internet, TV and phone services in the states. He was previously executive vice […]

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