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 […]

Canal+ hires new entertainment chief for D8

Julien Lalande has been appointed head of entertainment at Canal+’s DTT service D8. He replaces Frank Appietto who was upped to director general of D8 and took a wider role at Canal+ earlier this year. Lalande will report to Appietto. He started his career as a journalist before moving into TV as development director, and producer of […]

Canal+ ups Appietto to D8 chief

Canal+ has named Franck Appietto as managing director of free-to-air channel D8, replacing Xavier Gandon, who is leaving the broadcaster to pursue a new project. Appietto, who will retain his current position as director of unscripted programming at Canal+ will report to Canal+ Group CEO Maxime Saada. Appietto joined Canal+ in 1999. He was named […]

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 […]

International and SVoD lift Canal+

International growth and subscription video-on-demand in France lifted pay TV operator Canal+’s third quarter performance, with domestic free-to-air channel D8 and production arm Studiocanal also making positive contributions. Overall, Canal+’s global subscriber base now stands at 14.8 million, up 605,000 year-on-year, largely thanks to strong growth from Africa and Vietnam, while French subscription VoD service […]

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+ extends YouTube offering after December ratings success

Pay TV operator Canal+ has hailed the success of its multichannel YouTube offering one month after their launch.  According to the broadcaster, the channels saw 39 video views and attracted 1.5 million subscribers in December. The D8 comedy channel Palmashow secured second place amongst all comedy channels viewed in France and saw 481,000 subscribers sign […]

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 […]