Canal+ announces definitive end for CanalPlay

Canal+ has told the service’s remaining subscribers that Canalplay, its ill-fated SVOD platform, will shut down on November 26. The service’s customers have received a message telling them that “CanalPlay will no longer be available as part of Canal+’s offerings beginning from 26/11/2019”. Canal+ had stopped commercialising the service in July last year, having already […]

Canal+ ‘planning relaunch’ of CanalPlay SVOD service

Canal+ plans to relaunch its subscription video-on-demand service CanalPlay in the spring with a €10 monthly fee and possibly with a new name, according to French financial daily Les Echos. According to the paper, the pay TV operator is planning a relaunch of the service at a price point that is competitive with Netflix after […]

Médiamétrie: 30% of web users in France now watch SVOD

More than 30% of French internet users watched a subscription video-on-demand service in the past year, marking a 10-point increase compared to December 2017. This is according to Médiamétrie’s latest SVOD barometer, which estimated that 13.6 million French people watch series, films, documentaries or cartoons via an SVOD service. The research said that people are […]

French SVOD market still underdeveloped despite fast growth

The French subscription video-on-demand market remains underdeveloped compared with other European countries, both in its economic value and in its level of penetration, according to a study compiled by French media regulator the CSA and the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC). The study found that there were 65 SVOD services active […]

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 […]

Report: Free now has 20% stake in Canalplay

French service provider Free has acquired a 20% stake in Canal+’s subscription video-on-demand service Canalplay after exercising an option dating from its 2011 sale of its Free Home Video service to the pay TV operator, according to a press report. According to L’Express, Free discreetly took up the option to acquire a slice of the […]

CanalPlay VOD adds download features

Canal+’s video-on-demand service CanalPlay VOD has revamped its website and launched new features including download for offline viewing and download-to-own. According to Canal+, the download feature is designed to enable users of the service to view content anywhere at any time, irrespective of the availability of internet bandwidth. Once downloaded, titles will be available for […]

Canal+ loses subscribers in France, gains internationally

French pay TV outfit Canal+’s performance in the first nine months of the year was boosted by strong performances in Africa and Vietnam and by the Canalplay SVoD service in France, but the group was hit by a decline in its French pay TV base. Canal+ Group added 619,000 subscribers in the year to September […]

Canalplay adds Maker Studios section

Canal+’s SVoD service Canalplay has added a section dedicated to Disney-owned MCN Maker Studios to its service. Canalplay is making over 500 videos available across lifestyle, gaming and sport, entertainment and family genres available on Canalplay. The Maker section of the service will be available at no extra charge, and Canal+ has said it will […]

Canalplay acquires HBO series

Canal+’s subscription video-on-demand service Canalplay has secured SVoD rights to a number of HBO catalogue titles, adding to its existing portfolio, which includes The Wire and seasons one and two of Strike Back.  The latest deal gives Canalplay subscribers access to series Band of Brothers, The Pacific, Sex & the City, In Treatment and Treme.