France’s Conseil d’État orders ARCOM to re-examine case against CNews

France’s Conseil d’État, the country’s supreme court for administrative justice, has called on media and communications regulator ARCOM to re-examine a complaint by Reporters Without Borders against Canal+’s controversial news channel CNews, seen by many as a French equivalent of Fox News, for insufficient diversity of opinion during debate programmes. The Conseil d’État ruled that, […]

MultiChoice says ‘no’ to Canal+ as it takes stake beyond mandatory offer threshold

MultiChoice has rejected Canal+’s bid to acquire control of the company, arguing that the offer undervalued its shares, while the French pay TV operator has increased its stake beyond a threshold that obliges it to make a mandatory offer. In a regulatory disclosure, the South African pay TV operator said that its board “has concluded […]

Canal+ makes bid to acquire MultiChoice

Canal+ Group has made a US$1.7 billion bid to acquire South Africa’s Multichoice. The Vivendi-owned pay TV operator has confirmed it has submitted an indicative offer to acquire the 68% of South Africa’s MultiChoice that it does not already own. Canal+ says it will pay ZAR105 a share, representing a 40% premium to MultiChoice’s closing […]

Vivendi now looking at four-way split

Vivendi has updated on its plan to split up into separate listed companies, first announced in December, with the company now looking to divide into four – rather than three – listed entities. The Vivendi supervisory board has approved a plan to divide the media giant into four companies – pay TV outfit Canal+, advertising […]

Thema and SPI International team up for Latin American market

Canal+ Group-owned content and channel distributor Thema has struck a strategic agreement with sister company SPI International for representation and distribution of its channels in Latin America. The agreement is part of Canal+’s global expansion plans and comes as a result of the purchase and definitive acquisition of SPI International last year. The alliance will […]

Stingray launches five FAST channels on Xiaomi TV+

Music and video content outfit, Stingray, is launching five FAST channels on streaming platform Xiaomi TV+, in partnership with Canal+  channel provider, Thema. The raft of channels are available on all Android TVs via the Xiaomi TV+ app in Germany, Italy, Spain, France, and the UK. Stingray Naturescape combines striking scenery and close-ups with soundtracks […]

Canal+ and PPF take 29% each as Viaplay shareholders approve plan

Viaplay shareholders have approved a restructuring plan that will see Canal+ Group and Czech investment outfit PPF each hold 29.3% of the company. The Viaplay recapitalisation plan will raise SEK4 billion (US$390 million) in new shares, with debts to be written down or renegotiated. Once the changes are completed, Canal+ will hold 1,342,833,333 class B […]

M7 Deutschland expands partnership with Tele Columbus

German Canal+ company M7 Deutschland has entered into a new multi-year agreement with local cable operator Tele Columbus. The expanded and extended partnership, gives Tele Columbus’ brand PŸUR the licence rights for the distribution of a range of pay-TV and foreign language programmes for its cable customers. The rights also include additional interactive functions that […]

Vivendi mulls split with Canal+ and Havas to be listed as separate companies

French media giant Vivendi is considering splitting itself into three separate listed entities, including pay TV operator Canal+, in a move designed to remove a ‘conglomerate discount’ on the valuation of the whole. Vivendi said that it had suffered from a significant discount on its valuation since the distribution and listing of Universal Music Group […]

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