French competition watchdog consults on Canal+ restrictions

France’s competition watchdog has launched a public consultation on whether restrictions placed on Canal+ four years ago in relation to its merger with TPS and acquisition of free-to-air channels D8 and D17 should be lifted, adapted or renewed for another five years. Reviewing the TPS merger in 2012, the Autorité de la Concurrence placed a […]

D8 entertainment chief upped to Canal+ role

Vivendi-owned pay TV operator Canal+ has given free-to-air channel D8’s director of live and entertainment programming, Franck Appietto, the same responsibilities across Canal+. In his new role, Appietto will report to Canal+ Group CEO Maxime Saada. He will retain his responsibilities at D8 under the channel’s director-general Xavier Gandon. Appietto has held a number of […]

Vivendi makes fresh commitments to secure free-to-air channels deal

Vivendi has made a series of fresh commitments to secure regulatory approval for its acquisition of former Bolloré-owned free-to-air channels D8 and D17.  The move follows a decision by top lawmaking body the Conseil d’État in December to rescind the previous authorisation of the acquisition. Vivendi and Canal+ have now submitted a series of commitments […]

Canal+ Group adds a million subscribers

Canal+ Group said that as of the end of September its total portfolio reached almost 14 million subscribers, up by a million year-on-year, following last year’s Polish merger between its Cyfra+ unit and TVN Group’s ‘n’ pay TV platform. Announcing its results for the first nine months of 2013, Canal+ parent company Vivendi said that […]

SFR adds D8 and D17 to catch-up offering

French service provider SFR has added catch-up TV from Canal+’s free-to-air channels D8 and D17 to its TV-on-demand offering. SFR, which like Canal+ is owned by Vivendi, is the first service provider to offer catch-up TV from the channels outside the CanalSat bouquet. SFR subscribers will be able to view entertainment and magazine shows including […]

Canal+ sees boost from D8 but hit by ad market

The consolidation of former Bolloré-owned free-to-air channels D8 and D17 and the merger between Polish pay TV unit Cyfra+ with rival ‘n’ to form nc+ boosted Canal+ Group’s top line for the first half, but the group’s EBITA was hit by content costs and a softening of the advertising market.  The Vivendi-owned pay TV operator […]

Canal Plus subs up but EBITA falls

Additions from Africa and Vietnam gave a boost to Canal Plus Group’s overall subscriber base in the year to March, but group EBITA fell sharply. The pay TV operator reported annual growth of 285,000 subscriptions in the 12 months to March 31, which it attributed in large part to good performances from Canal Plus Overseas […]

A+E Networks partners with Canal+

A+E Networks and Canal+ Group will launch “multiple channels” in the second part of 2013 as part of a long-term strategic partnership between the two firms in France. The channels will launch through the Planet+ factual group on the CanalSat pay TV platform with exclusive access to A+E Networks’ catalogue of factual entertainment programming. A+E […]

Canal Plus names D8 director

Canal Plus has appointed Xavier Gandon as director of programming at channels D8 and D17. Gandon joins from TF1 where he was most recently director of TMC and NT1. He will report to Ara Aprikian, deputy CEO, in charge of editorial for free-to-air channels at Canal Plus Group. Canal Plus recently acquired D8 and D17, […]