Autorité de la Concurrence

French watchdog rejects Molotov complaint against broadcasters

The French competition watchdog, the Autorité de la Concurrence, has rejected a complaint by OTT TV provider Molotov that commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 colluded to freeze the platform out as a distributor of their channels in favour of Salto, the planned joint streaming venture between them and public broadcaster France Télévisions. According to Molotov, […]

French watchdog releases Altice from key restrictions

France’s competition watchdog, the Autorité de la Concurrence, has released service provider Altice from a number of conditions imposed on its at the time of its acquisition of SFR and its combination with the former Numericable cable network. Recognising that rivals including Orange have deployed fibre networks in key parts of the country since the […]

French broadcasters making concessions to secure Salto green light

The major French broadcasters involved in the Salto subscription video-on-demand project have proposed significant concessions in a bid to secure a green light from the country’s competition watchdog, according to a report by financial daily Les Echos. The paper says it has seen a confidential document that details some 20 commitments made to the Autorité […]

Long-delayed Salto reaches French competition watchdog

After months of delay, French subscription video-on-demand joint venture Salto is finally in the hands of the country’s competition watchdog, the Autorité de la Concurrence. The regulator has until July 19 to reach a decision on the project, a JV between public broadcaster France Télévisions and commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 that is designed to […]

French regulations responsible for CanalPlay collapse, says Saada

Restrictive rules governing the distribution of content will kill off French fiction in the international market if they remain unchanged, according to Canal+ CEO Maxime Saada, who has blamed France’s competition regulator for a disastrous fall in subscriber numbers at the pay TV operator’s SVOD service CanalPlay. Saada, addressing a French senate committee last week, […]

SFR to appeal against latest competition watchdog fine

Altice-owned French service provider SFR has said it will appeal against a fine levied by the country’s competition watchdog relating to its failure to meet commitments to build out fibre to the country’s main population centres. The Autorité de la Concurrence fined SFR €40 million over its alleged failure to meet commitments to build fibre […]

French operators reportedly lining up to claim reparations in ‘gun-jumping’ case

French service providers Orange, Bouygues Telecom and Free are likely to seek reparations from Altice and SFR over Altice’s “jumping the gun” on collaborating with SFR ahead of receiving a regulatory green light to take control of the French service provider, and similar coordination between the pair over SFR’s acquisition of Virgin Mobile France, according […]

Altice suffers fresh regulatory blow as it accepts ‘gun-jumping’ fine

Cable and telecom group Altice and its French subsidiary SFR have been fined €80 million by the French competition watchdog for “gun-jumping” during the acquisition by Altice of SFR and Virgin Mobile France. The Autorité de la Concurrence said that the imposition of the fine represented a first in Europe. The move relates to Altice’s […]

SFR could face massive fine over 2014 acquisition

Altice-owned French service provider SFR could face a large fine over the 2014 takeover by the company – then called Numericable – of mobile player SFR. Numericable subsequently adopted the SFR brand for all its activities, according to a French press report. According to French financial daily Les Echos, SFR could face a penalty of […]

French competition watchdog consults on Canal+ restrictions

France’s competition watchdog has launched a public consultation on whether restrictions placed on Canal+ four years ago in relation to its merger with TPS and acquisition of free-to-air channels D8 and D17 should be lifted, adapted or renewed for another five years. Reviewing the TPS merger in 2012, the Autorité de la Concurrence placed a […]