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Orient Hontai closes in on Mediapro, CNMC drops football case

Chinese investment fund Orient Hontai Capital is close to finalising the purchase of a majority stake in Spanish broadcaster and production outfit Mediapro, according to local press. Orient expects to finalise the acquisition of stakes held by Torreal, Televisa and Gerad Romy to take a 53.5% stake in Mediapro, which holds the rights to La […]

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 beats BeIN Media to become French home of basketball

Altice has acquired exclusive rights to Euroleague and Eurocup basketball for the next four seasons, beginning this year, for France, Switzerland, Andorra and Monaco. Altice has beaten rival BeIN Sports, which held the rights to both competitions for last four years, to cement its hold on basketball in France. Altice will make the tournaments available […]

No FTA matches as Mediapro secures Champions League rights

Spanish free and pay TV broadcaster Mediapro has secured exclusive rights to the Champions League and Europa League football competitions for the next three seasons, and has confirmed that no matches from the Champions League tournament will be available in the country free-to-air from next season. Mediapro will make all matches available on the BeIN […]

SFR’s rivals react to Champions League blow

French service provider SFR’s pay TV rivals have reacted with surprise to the award of exclusive Champions League and Europa League football rights to the Altice-owned operator, with BeIN Sports saying it has “concerns” about the way the deal was done. Altice confirmed today that has secured the rights to broadcast the two tournaments exclusively […]

SFR Champions League win could deal blow to pay TV rivals

Altice-owned French service provider SFR has reportedly secured the rights to Champions League and Europa League football, dealing a severe blow to French pay TV leader Canal+ and rival BeIN Sports, which currently share rights to the competition. According to Le Monde, citing unnamed sources, SFR has secured all rights to both tournaments for the […]

SFR launches joint €19.99 offering with BeIN Sports

French service provider SFR has begun offering a joint sports package with BeIN Sports for €19.99 a month in place of the €24.99 it would cost to subscribe to the services individually.  The joint offering gives viewers access to French Ligue 1, Champions League, Europea League English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A, […]

BeIN Media signs Olympics deal with IOC

Middle East free and pay TV broadcaster BeIN Media Group has formalised its deal with the International Olympic Committee to be the exclusive broadcaster in the MENA region for the next four Olympic Games, starting with the 23rd Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. The pair have formally signed a deal agreed last year that see […]

Canal+ signs new non-exclusive deal with BeIN Sports

Canal+ has signed a new non-exclusive distribution deal with rival BeIN Sports following the French competition watchdog’s refusal to greenlight the pair’s planned exclusive partnership, according to local press. The deal between the Qatar-owned sports broadcaster and the Vivendi-owned pay TV outfit gives BeIN Sports a guaranteed source of revenues for several years, while the […]

Canal+ mulls options as competition watchdog rejects BeIN Sports deal

France’s competition watchdog has rejected Vivendi-owned Canal+’s plan to become exclusive distributor of the BeIN Sports channels in the country, enabling it market a full complement of French football rights and other sports rights. The pay TV broadcaster said that it would have to “work on other solutions to arrest the losses of the French […]