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Green light for Canal+ Overseas Mediaserv acquisition

France’s competition regulator has given a green light to Canal+ Overseas’ acquisition of a 51% stake in Mediaserv, the main alternative telecom operator in Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana and Reunion.  Canal+’s overseas media unit is taking over the stake from existing owner Groupe Loret. According to the group, the acquisition will enable it to diversify […]

European Commission starts TV rights probe

Formal antitrust proceedings to examine programming agreements between US studios and European pay TV broadcasters are underway and could ultimately be extended to include other distributors, the European Commission confirmed today. EU spokesman Antoine Colombani told DTVE’s sister publication TBI this morning that the focus of the rights probe is currently restricted to the Hollywood Studios […]

Canal+ launches incubator fund

Canal+ Group has launched Canalstart, a new incubator fund to support young entrepreneurs in media and new technology. The fund will focus in particular on audiovisual-related projects including enhanced user experience, interactivity and recommendation, projects that assist with customer retention and loyalty, social TV and mobile applications. Projects can be submitted via a dedicated website, […]

Canal+ Group begins advanced testing of Frog By Wyplay

Canal+ Group has begun advanced deployment testing of the new software it co-developed with technology provider Wyplay, based on the open source Frog By Wyplay service. Frog has allowed Canal+ to develop an HTML5-based graphical UI, develop partnership with third-party software suppliers and build a range of applications and interactivity on a wide range of […]

Free to offer Canal+ channels for free in promotion

French ISP Free is to offer Canal+’s channels free to its ADSL and fibre customers between September 27 and September 30 as a promotional initiative. Free subscribers will be able to view Canal+, Canal+ Cinéma, Canal+ Sport, Canal+ Family, Canal+ Décalé and new channel Canal+ Séries for no additional charge.

Canal+ Overseas to acquire Caribbean ISP group

Canal+ Overseas, Canal+ Group’s operation for Africa and France’s overseas territories, has notified the French competition regulator of its intention to acquire Caribbean internet service provider Mediaserv. Mediaserv is the holding company for Mediacall, Guyane Numérique, Martinique Numérique and Réunion Numérique. All are currently 100% owned by Groupe Loret vehicle Loret Telecom. Groupe Loret will […]

Canal+ Séries launches, faces competition from OCS City

Canal+ has launched Canal+ Séries, the sixth channel in its premium offering, Chaines Canal+. The channel, which offers the latest French and international drama series, joins existing channels Canal+ Cinéma, Canal+ Sport, Canal+ Décale and Canal+ Family in the premium offering. Shows on the new channel include Hannibal, Utopia, Mad Men season six and Nurse […]

SFR adds D8 and D17 to catch-up offering

French service provider SFR has added catch-up TV from Canal+’s free-to-air channels D8 and D17 to its TV-on-demand offering. SFR, which like Canal+ is owned by Vivendi, is the first service provider to offer catch-up TV from the channels outside the CanalSat bouquet. SFR subscribers will be able to view entertainment and magazine shows including […]

Vivendi to assess splitting the business

French media and telecoms giant Vivendi is launching a study into whether to split the business in two – separating off telecoms group SFR from a new international media group. Vivendi said that the demerger “would create significant value to shareholders” as they would be able to invest in two clearly differentiated businesses, operating in […]

Canal+ chooses Telestream for VOD

Canal+ is using Telestream’s Vantage workflow automation platform running on Lightspeed Servers with Pipeline encoding appliances for deployment of a new VOD catch-up service. The opportunity to expand services at Canal+ arose in 2012 when Canal+’s two new free-to-air channels became available on the French DTT platform, with regulatory approval in September, a contract signed […]