Canal Plus

Canal Plus fined €30 million for TPS merger

French competition regulator L’Autorité de la concurrence has fined French pay TV operator Canal Plus €30 million for failing to comply with a number of requirements relating to the acquisition of TPS in 2006. L’Autorité ruled that Canal Plus failed to uphold ten commitments when its parent company Vivendi acquired TPS, including a commitment to […]

Boyon tackles criticisim of DTT report, Canal Plus Bolloré deal

Michel Boyon, head of French media regulator the CSA, has taken on criticism of his report on the future of the digital-terrestrial platform and his proposal to mandate the DVB-T2 standard for the launch all further channels. In an interview with Le Figaro newspaper, Boyon said that he had not buried the planned launch of […]

Canal Plus Overseas takes capacity with SES for Africa

Canal Plus  Overseas, the international subsidiary of French pay-TV operator Canal Plus, has contracted multiple transponders and signed a long-term agreement for its subsidiary Canal Plus Afrique to distribute the CanalSat pay-TV service in Africa over the SES-4 satellite at 338 degrees East. The new contract with SES includes renewed and additional capacity and will […]

Canal Plus to take 60% stake in Bolloré’s FTA business

French pay TV group Canal Plus is set to buy a 60% stake in Bolloré’s free-to-air business, including channels Direct 8 and Star. The deal will see Canal Plus owner Vivendi giving Bolloré shares worth approximately €279 million. The total value of the assets is estimated at a maximum of €465 million. Canal Plus Group […]

Cyfra Plus launches new premium packages

Polish pay TV operator Cyfra Plus has today launched a new high-end package, Canal+ HBO Superpremium, with 119 channels including 24 movie channels. All the Canal Plus and HBO premium channels are included, along with their HD versions and Canal Plus and HBO On Demand subscription VOD services. The package will be available for a […]

Walt Disney strikes download deals for France

The Walt Disney Company is to make a raft of its hit US series available for download in France one day after their US premiere. This comes as the international distribution arm of the Hollywood studio has struck a deal with a raft of platforms to make shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, Body of Proof, […]

Canal Plus grows base as Vivendi confirms outlook

Canal Plus France added 96,000 net subscriptions in the year to June. The pay TV company posted revenues for the first half of this year of €2.392 billion, up 2.8%. Canal Plus Group (which includes StudioCanal as well as the French and overseas pay TV operations) posted EBITA of €495 million for the first half, […]

Lagardère unlikely to IPO Canal Plus stake anytime soon

French media group Lagardère is unlikely to launch an IPO of its 20% stake in pay TV group Canal Plus France in current market conditions, according to chief financial officer Dominique D’Hinnin. D’Hinnin told financial daily Les Echos that the company was still willing to sell but that a public offering was probably not feasible […]

DNA launches pay TV on terrestrial network

Finnish telco and pay TV provider DNA is launching pay TV services hitherto only available on cable on the country’s digital-terrestrial network. DNA is providing SD and HD channels, including its Mix HD package, an eight-channel offering that can be tailored to the tastes of particular subscribers. DNA is offering a selection of its pay […]

Scandinavian Canal Plus to launch new HD channels

TV4 Group-owned Scandinavian pay TV service Canal Plus is to launch new HD channels in the autumn. Canal Plus First HD, an HD version of the group’s most popular film channel, will launch on August 19. Another HD version of an existing Canal Plus movie channel, Canal Plus Hits HD, will launch in October. Canal […]

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