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Canal Plus to launch Canal+ Séries

French pay TV operator Canal Plus is planning to launch a new channel focusing on drama series in September, according to local reports. The channel, Canal+ Séries, is expected to air American shows 24 hours after they air in the US, along with a range of French and European shows. The channel will be included […]

News Corp reportedly eyeing Canal+ Spain move

News Corp has approached Telefónica and Spanish pay TV operator Prisa expressing interest in buying a stake in the latter’s Canal+ satellite TV arm, according to Spanish news site El Confidencial. The report claims that Telefónica, which already owns a 22% stake in Canal+, has been in discussions with Prisa since January about buying its […]

French ISPs can now take Canal+ movie channels

Canal+ has published reference offers for its seven Ciné+ movie channels, allowing ISPs to make the services available to their users for the first time. Previously the seven channels – Ciné+ Premier, Frisson, Emotion, Famiz, Classic, Club and Star were only available to cable operator Numericable as a third party provider. Now ISPs including Orange, […]

Numericable adds Orange Cinéma Séries channels

French cable operator Numericable has launched the five Orange Cinéma Séries movie channels on its platform today. Numericable has added OCS Max HD, which offers recent movies and series, OCS Happy, with a focus on family, movies, cartoons, sitcoms and comedies, OCS Choc, specialising in Horror and action movies, OCS Novo, which airs independent movies […]

CSA wants more power to regulate Canal Plus

French media regulator the CSA wants to acquire stronger regulatory power over Canal Plus. The regulator’s new chief executive , Olivier Schramek has proposed eight new regulatory proposals inherited from his predecessor Michel Boyon to the government, among which is a proposal that the CSA should have the power to subject the pay TV operator […]

French government mulls reversal of pay TV VAT increase

The French government is considering reducing the rate of VAT charged on pay TV services from 7% to the previous rate of 5%, while cancelling its plan to raise the rate to 10% from the beginning of next year, according to Le Figaro newspaper. According to the paper, the reduction in the VAT rate would […]

Canal Touch now available on Windows 8 phones

Canal Plus has launched its mobile app, Canal Touch, on the Microsoft Windows 8 platform for smartphones. The French pay TV operator launched a Windows 8 version of its service on Windows 8-powered PCs and tablets in November. The smartphone app, which is downloadable free of charge from the Windows Phone store, gives access to […]

Canal Plus channel increase share of pay TV audience

Pay TV operator Canal Plus’s won a audience 14% share amongst its own subscriber base during the first quarter, their highest rating to date for this period. Canal Plus’s own channels obtained a 4.1% audience share amongst over fours nationwide. Canal Plus posted revenues of €473 million for the first quarter, flat year-on-year. Advertising revenue […]

Lescure report recommends tax on smartphones, end of Hadopi, change in VOD windows

Former Canal Plus chief Pierre Lescure’s report on the adaptation of France’s cultural policies to the digital age has suggested that a new tax be levied on laptops, smartphones and tablets to help support the content industry’s migration to digital, that the Hadopi commission be abolished and that the strict rules governing video content distribution […]

Canal Plus Spain launches Samsung Smart TV Yomvi app

Canal Plus Spain has launched a dedicated Samsung Smart TV app for its Yomvi online TV service. The launch of the Smart TV app follows an agreement between Canal Plus and Samsung to make the former’s content available over a range of Samsung devices including Blu-ray players and home cinema systems. Yomvi gives access to […]