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Thema integrates IBSBM as Thema Northern Europe

Canal+-owned channel distributor Thema has fully integrated 2017 acquisition IBSBM into the group and renamed it Thema Northern Europe, the company’s fifth subsidiary. IBSBM is described by Thema as one of the largest independent content representatives in Europe, based in Amsterdam and operating in Northern Europe, working in the fields of programme distribution, marketing and […]

LFP launches new bidding process for Ligue 1 rights

France’s professional football league, the LFP, is launching a new call for offers for the rights to Ligue 1 matches that Spanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro agreed to hand back after failing to make payments agreed at the time of the previous auction. The LFP has decided to call for bids only for the rights […]

Netflix overtakes ARD to become the second largest TV group in Europe

Netflix is now the second largest TV group in Europe, with no ceiling in sight for the streaming service. According to a report from Ampere Analysis, Netflix is now second only to Comcast in terms of 2020 revenue. Comcast, which owns and operates Sky Group, still is the clear leader and accounted for 12% of […]

Canal+ calls for new bidding process for Ligue 1 rights

Pay TV operator Canal+ has called for a new auction of French Ligue 1 football rights in the wake of the debacle of Mediapro’s acquisition of the key rights and subsequent decision to return them to the league. In an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro, Canal+ chief executive Maxime Saada said that his group […]

Ligue 1 rights drama reaches climax as LFP and Mediapro call off deal

The domestic broadcasting of France’s Ligue 1 has been thrown into disarray, with Mediapro agreeing to cancel its €814 million per season deal. This comes after the Sino-Spanish company failed to pay two rights installments worth a combined €324.8 million on October 5 and December 5. RMC reports that Mediapro will pay €100 million in […]

Canal+ scores major court victory in Paramount film licencing deal

Vivendi-owned French pay TV operator Canal+ has won a court battle to stop Paramount Pictures from strapping film-licencing deals with Sky in the UK. The case goes back to 2016, with the ViacomCBS-owned Paramount agreeing to scrap its licencing deals in order to end an investigation from the EU. The European Commission considered the pledge […]

Canal+ to stay on digital-terrestrial in France

French pay TV operator Canal+ has secured agreement from media regulator the Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel (CSA) for the renewal of its presence on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform for the next three years. The CSA’s authorisation covers the period up to December 6 2023. The announcement, which came just ahead of the expiry of Canal+’s […]

LFP in talks with Canal+ over saving Ligue 1 broadcast deal

Ligue 1 operator Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) are reportedly mulling a return to Canal+ as its relationship with Mediapro teeters on collapse. According to RMC Sport, LFP could turn to Canal+, which previously held the rights up until last season should Mediapro continue to refuse to pay. Mediapro did not pay the second installment […]

Canal+ selects NAGRA for M7 protection

Canal+-owned satellite operator M7 has signed a deal with Kudelski Group company NAGRA. The partnership will see M7 integrate NAGRA’s Protect and Guard solutions for security across card-based and cardless systems. NAGRA says that the Protect ‘cardless-without-compromise security client’ boasts the market’s largest certified system-on-chip (SOC) and set-top box partner network, which gives operators more […]

Mediapro’s Ligue 1 rights deal ‘untenable’ says Canal+ president

Canal+ president Maxime Saada has called Mediapro’s broadcast rights deal with the French Professional Football League (LFP) “untenable.” The body running the top-flight Ligue 1 is currently embroiled in a legal battle with Spanish agency Mediapro over non-payment of its second €172 million rights fee installment. Mediapro has seen its credit rating downgraded as a […]

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