Canal+-owned Thema unveils new management structure

Canal+-owned PayTV channel distributor Thema has announced a reorganisation of its management which sees Patrick Rivet named as CEO of Thema globally and Carlos Fernández take over as CEO of Thema America. Fernandez is now in charge of the distribution of the group’s thematic and ethnic channels for the Americas. Rivet was previously CEO of […]

Canal+ reportedly seeking shorter commitment for DTT licence

French pay TV outfit Canal+ is looking to finalise a new licence to broadcast on France’s digital-terrestrial platform within the next few weeks, but is pressing for a reduced period for the renewal, according to a report by financial daily Les Echos. The pay TV operator has blown hot and cold on renewing its DTT […]

Viaplay Select seals carriage deal with Canal+ Austria

Viaplay Group and Canal+ have agreed a partnership to make hundreds of hours of content from branded block Viaplay Select exclusively available on Canal+ in Austria. All told, Canal+ subscribers in Austria will have access to 300 hours of Viaplay series, films and documentaries, together with third-party content from the Nordic region. The deal means […]

Canal+ France drops Warner TV channel in carriage dispute

French pay TV platform Canal+ has dropped Warner Bros Discovery channel Warner TV from its line up as the result of a carriage dispute between the two. In a statement, the US studio said: “We regret that Warner TV is no longer available on Canal+ and MyCanal due to the lack of an agreement between […]

Canal+ Group signs MOU to take control of Orange TV assets

Orange and the Canal+ Group today announced a memorandum of understanding that anticipates the acquisition by Canal+ of all capital held by Orange in the OCS pay TV package and in Orange Studio, the film and series co-production subsidiary. Canal+, which is already a 33.34% shareholder in OCS, will become sole shareholder of the companies […]

Canal+ acquires UEFA club competitions for its new Austrian services

Vivendi-owned PayTV provider Canal Plus has secured a broad range of exclusive live rights to UEFA club soccer competitions in Austria. The new deal, which will run from 2024/25-2026/27, grants the broadcaster a line-up of top fixtures from the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, and UEFA Europa Conference League. The games will be aired […]

French competition authority rejects Canal+ and beIN complaints

French competition body, the Autorité de la Concurrence, has rejected discrimination complaints from pay TV broadcasters Canal+ and beIN Sports regarding the award of live Ligue 1 broadcast rights to Amazon last year. The Autorité cited lack of sufficient evidence that rights holder the LFP had acted improperly in doing the deal. Amazon secured the […]

Paramount+ launches in France with Canal+ and Orange

Paramount+ will launch in France tomorrow, integrated in pay TV platform Canal+’s new Ciné-Séries and Friends & Family packages and also available from Orange. The service will be available from connected TVs and streaming devices including thosefrom Apple, Amazon, Google, Roku and Samsung, priced at €7.99. Canal+ is the only player to offer Paramount+ as […]

French reports suggest Canal+ is poised to acquire pay TV rival OCS

After a protracted period of courting, French media giant Canal+ is on the verge of acquiring the PayTV and film assets of leading telco Orange, according to reports in leading French newspaper Les Echos. According to the respected news outlet, employees of Orange divisions OCS and Orange Studio were advised yesterday that negotiations are accelerating […]

Thema taps Okast to power new My Bouquet Africain streamer

Canal+ International-owned content distribiutor Thema has tapped French streaming technology outfit Okast/M.E.I Group to provide the distribution platform for a new streaming African content offering, My Bouquet Africain. My Bouquet Africain (, named after the original Le Bouquet Africain that launched in France in 2008, is designed to cater to the French-speaking sub-Saharian African audience […]

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