Canal Plus

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 […]

Perform renews Premier League web clip deal

Digital sports media firm Perform has renewed its deal with the Premier League to produce and distribute football clips and highlights for the web and mobile devices. The three-year global licensing deal will see Perform produce “near-live” highlights, previews and round-up clip packages, as well as a white label mobile and tablet app. Perform will […]

Canal Plus files complaint against beIN Sport

Canal Plus has filed a complaint against Al Jazeera’s beIN Sport for anti-competitive behaviour, according to local reports.  According to BFM Business new site, Canal Plus has filed a complaint with the Tribunal de Commerce after preparing a case over several months. The pay TV group is arguing that the Qatari group is engaging in […]

Canal+ Séries to debut in September

French pay TV operator Canal Plus is expected to add its new Canal+ Séries channel on September 21. The channel will air US series two to seven days after they debut in the US, in the orginal version with subtitles. Weekends will see block runs of previous seasons of shows. Canal+ Séries will be available […]

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 […]