Amazon ‘poised to make offer’ for Ligue 1 rights

Amazon is set to make a “credible” offer for the French Ligue 1 football rights that Spanish producer and broadcaster Mediapro was forced to hand back after failing to make the payments it had committed to, according to a report by financial daily Les Echos. According to the paper, contact between Amazon and the French […]

Thema Rus secures Qello Concerts by Stingray deal with Wink

Canal+-owned channel distributor Thema Rus has struck a deal for the Concerts subscription from Qello Concerts by Stingray with Wink, the digital video service of Russian service provider Rostelecom. Qello Concerts provides coverage of concerts of all genres for the TV screen. At its launch, the Qello Concerts library includes 120 concerts, with a monthly […]

Canal+ Polska calls off IPO again

Canal+’s plans for a Polish IPO has been suspended for the second time in a year. Polish financial market regulator KNF said that the suspension came at the pay TV operator’s own request. A spokesperson said: “The prospectus procedure was suspended at the request of the company.” The news comes after the operator posted a […]

Canal+ sees stable revenues in quarter of modest progress

French pay TV operator Canal+ saw its revenues for the quarter to March remain stable year-on-year, dipping by 0.1% on a like-for-like basis to €1.357 billion. That stability was driven primarily by modest international growth, where the company saw like-for-like revenues rose by 1.6% to €537 million, though they declined in absolute numbers in euro […]

French court fines sports pirates €7 million

A Rennes court in France has fined a group of pirates operating some 20 illicit streaming sites €7 million in damages and interests following complaints lodged by pay TV channel providers Canal+, beIN Sports and RMC Sport. The trio of operators teamed up with the Association de Lutte contre la Piraterie Audiovisuelle (ALPA) to pursue […]

Canal+ at odds with regulator over hate speech fine

French pay TV operator Canal+ has hit out with claims that media regulator the CSA is compromising the right to freedom of expression after the latter sanctioned its news channel CNews to the tune of €200,000 for giving a platform to hate speech. The fine was levied after an appearance on CNews’ Face à l’info […]

Canal+ to appeal after losing court case against LFP auction

The French court considering Canal+’s case against the country’s professional football league over the re-auction of rights to Ligue 1 has ruled in favour of the LFP and against the pay TV operator. Canal+ had taken action after the LFP refused to re-auction all the rights it had previously granted for the 2021-24 seasons rather […]

Canal+ adds 1.5 million subs for the year

Canal+ ended 2020 with a total of 21.8 million subscribers, an increase of 1.5 million from the end of 2019. Announced by parent company Vivendi during its year-end financial report, Canal+ Group’s revenues were at €5.5 billion, up 4.4% year-over-year. The group‘s profitability significantly improved in the year, with EBITA up 26.7% to €435 million […]

Canal+ agrees deal to broadcast Ligue 1 for current season

Pay TV operator Canal+ has struck a deal with the French professional football body, the LFP – but only covering the current season. Canal+ will take exclusive rights to live coverage of all Ligue 1 and eight out of 10 Ligue 2 matches, along with magazine programme rights. BeIN Sports holds the rights to the […]

Canal+ declines talks with French football league

French pay TV operator Canal+ has reportedly declined to enter into one-to-one negotiations with the country’s professional football body, the LFP, after it effectively boycotted the latter’s call for tenders to rights to Ligue 1 and 2 matches for the period up to 2024. According to separate reports by sports paper L’Equipe and daily Le […]

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