Bolloré steps down in Canal+ management changeover

French pay TV operator Canal+ has named current CEO Maxime Saada as president of its directorate, replacing Jean-Christophe Thiery, who is in turn to replace Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré as chairman of the supervisory council. Bolloré took the reins at Canal+ after the departure of Bertrand Méheut in 2015, after Vivendi took full control of […]

Canal+ secures distribution on DirecTV

French pay TV provider Canal+ has secured distribution of its pay TV channels Canal+ International and CNews on the DirecTV platform in the US. Since March 19, DirecTV customers subscribing to the FrenchDirect option have access to both channels. Canal+ International is a new general entertainment channel aimed at Francophone viewers in the US. The […]

M6 breaks new ground in distribution deal with Free

French broadcaster M6 Group has struck a distribution agreement with IPTV operator Free/Iliad Telecom to secure distribution of its channels and associated services on the Free platform. The agreement covers the main M6 channel along with digital channels W9, 6ter, Paris Première, téva, M6 Music et Girondins TV and associated non-linear services. M6 will also […]

KPN launches new TV app as content portability kicks in

Dutch telco KPN has launched a new interactive TV app with a new design and added functionality. The launch of the new app also comes as the EU mandates content portability for paid-for TV services, enabling subscribers to view the services they pay for while travelling temporarily abroad within the EU. The new KPN app […]

French content creators call for technology-neutral movie windows

Copyright societies representing French producers, directors, authors and content creators have called for a reduction in the theatrical release window for movies to three months and an alignment of linear and non-linear pay TV distribution on a technology-neutral basis. The groups, the ARP, SACD, SRF, SPI and UPC, have collectively called for identical windows for […]

Content creators slam France’s proposed SVOD window reform

The report on the reform of France’s movie distribution windowing system produced by Eutelsat chairman Dominique D’Hinnin for the government has stopped short of bringing the country’s pay TV and SVOD windows in line. The report, delivered on Friday, was immediately condemned by groups representing producers and authors . The recommended changes would see SVOD […]

Orange and TF1 sign distribution deal as Canal+ resumes broadcasts

Orange and TF1 have signed a distribution deal following the pair’s spectacular falling out that saw the broadcaster initiate legal action to stop the telco from redistributing its signal. At the same time, Canal+, which unilaterally cut TF1’s signal after the pair failed to find agreement, is to resume transmission of the broadcaster’s services to […]

France set to slash SVOD window lag for ‘virtuous’ players

Eutelsat chairman Dominique d’Hinnin is expected to present his report calling for reform of France’s strict content windowing rules to culture minister Françoise Nyssen tomorrow. D’Hinnin’s report, which was commissioned last year, is expected to call for ‘virtuous’ subscription video-on-demand services that make a financial contribution to French content contribution to be able to distribute […]

Canal+ drops TF1 channels as pair fail to strike deal

Canal+ has ceased broadcasting TF1’s channels and digital services after failing to strike a deal with the commercial broadcaster. Canal+ has also filed a legal complaint with the Paris commercial court, challenging the legality of the broadcaster’s demands. The pay TV group has already pulled TF1’s signals from its Canalsat service and MyCanal web offering. […]

Canal+ launches in Myanmar

Canal+ has officially launched its service in Myanmar, in partnership with local media player Forever. The new service offers close to 80 channels covering a range of genres, including eight Canal+-branded channels developed specifically for the local market. The offering comprises two packages. Canal+ said it would open its own-branded stores in the country and […]

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