Canal+ and BeIN Sports make peace with French football league

French pay TV operators Canal+ and BeIN Sports have struck a deal with the country’s professional football league (LFP) over payments for rights to matches from the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 competitions that were played before the coronavirus lockdown. Canal+ and LFP thanked the four Ligue 1 club presidents who they said had participated […]

International growth cements solid quarter for Canal+

International subscriptions helped boost Canal+’s revenues in the first quarter, with the pay TV outfit posting a 1% increase in sales in constant currency terms to take its top line to €1.372 billion. While Canal+’s revenue lift was modest in constant currency, it helped parent company Vivendi turn in a solid quarter despite the early […]

Mediapro ready to take over Ligue rights from non-paying Canal+ and BeIN, says Roures

Mediapro boss Jaume Roures has said that his company is ready to take up the reins from Canal+ and BeIN Sports to broadcast the end of the French Ligue 1 football season after the pair stopped payments to the French football league as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Interviewed by sports paper L’Équipe, Roures […]

Canal+ marks Disney+ launch with free-to-view Mandalorian

French pay TV operator Canal+ is to mark the launch of Disney+ in the country tomorrow by airing the first episode of The Mandalorian, the streamer’s first Star Wars Disney+ original, in the clear. The airing of the unencrypted show will be followed by a special programme, reserved for subscribers, that showcases content produced by […]

Canal+ in stand-off with French football league as payment falls due

French pay TV operator Canal+ and the country’s Ligue de Football Professionel (LFP) are in a stand-off after the pay TV service provider refused to release the next instalment of payment due for the rights to air Ligue 1 football matches, according to French sports paper L’Équipe. According to the paper, Canal+ CEO Maxime Saada […]

Canal+ rows back on free-to-view move

French pay TV operator Canal+ has rowed back on its decision to de-encrypt its channels in the face of the Coronavirus crisis after other French audiovisual industry players raised concerns. Over the weekend, Canal+ re-encrypted the Canal+ Family, Canal+ Cinéma, Canal+ Sport and Canal+ Decalé channels. The broadcaster said that it would continue to offer […]

Canal+ makes premium channel free to view in response to Coronavirus

French pay TV operator Canal+ is to make its premium channel available free to view for anyone using a service provider-supplied box, while its paying basic-tier subscribers will be able to view premium thematic, movie and series channels with no additional payment. In a gesture in response to the Coronavirus crisis, which has seen France […]

Comcast’s Freewheel poaches Canal+’s Dremeaux for international role

FreeWheel, the advertising software business owned by Comcast, has hired Virginie Dremeaux as executive director, product and sales marketing international. In this role, Dremeaux will focus on the acceleration of FreeWheel’s addressable TV solutions and their international launches. The exec joins from Canal+ where she spent 11 years, most recently as digital marketing director in […]

Canal+ becoming ‘aggregator of apps’, international subs now in majority

Canal+ is “evolving from an aggregator of content to an aggregator of apps” through distribution deals with the likes of Netflix that will establish the pay TV operator as “as the best gateway to the content most desired by French customers”, according to Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine. De Puyfontaine, speaking to analysts after Vivendi […]

Canal+ seals beIN distribution and sublicensing deal

Canal+ and beIN Sports have entered into an exclusive distribution and sublicensing deal. The closed deal is the culmination of talks that were announced in December 2019. Under the agreement, beIN Sports’ premium channels will be offered within Canal+ offers. Canal+ will also be the exclusive distributor of beIN Sports channels to all third-party providers […]

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