Canal+ returns to growth, Vivendi chief confirms mediation in Italy

Vivendi has seen a return to growth for Canal+’s domestic French subscriber base for the first time since 2015. Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine has meanwhile confirmed that the group is in mediation to secure an end to its long-running and bitter battle with Mediaset in Italy. Vivendi also released numbers for short-form video initiative […]

New version of Dailymotion launches in UK and Switzerland

The new premium content-focused version of Vivendi-owned video portal Dailymotion has launched in the UK and Switzerland, following its debut in France in July. The new version of the free Dailymotion platform is launching in the UK as the next stage in its global rollout. The focus of the new service is to provide more […]

Vivendi ‘merging’ Dailymotion with Watchever

Vivendi is merging its struggling YouTube rival Dailymotion with video-on-demand technology unit Watchever, according to a French press report. According to the Journal du Net, which claimed to have obtained a copy of the internal document laying out the merger process, the move is designed to create a larger unit with a clear strategy and […]

Dailymotion revamps mobile, desktop offering

Vivendi-owned video-on-demand service Dailymotion has launched a new version of its app and its desktop offering in France. The new Dailymotion.fr site is organised around four main topic areas – news, sport, music and entertainment – with priority given to premium content. Dailymotion has content deals in place with Universal Music, CNN and Vice, as […]

Vivendi unveils new Dailymotion

Vivendi has unveiled a new look, strategic focus and content partnerships for its YouTube rival Dailymotion at the Cannes Lionis International Festival of Creativity in Cannes. Dailymotion chairman and CEO Maxime Saada unveiled what the company styled as a faster, more intuitive and fluid design including a new way of organising content within four themes […]

Vivendi taps Streamroot for OTT TV

Vivendi has tapped OTT TV specialist Streamroot to provide technology to deliver its streaming video services. Streamroot is providing its Streamroot DNA platform to help improve quality of experience and cut operating cost across group companies, the company said. The platform employs what Streamroot describes as a distributed and multi-source approach to content delivery. Vivendi […]

Dailymotion to launch new app as part of strategic repositioning

Vivendi-owned YouTube rival Dailymotion plans to launch a new app in April as part of a strategy to create a prime video destination that people will go to looking for videos that match their tastes, and that can push videos to users based on their personal requirements, according to a report in French financial daily […]

French parliamentarians approve ‘YouTube tax’

French parliamentarians have approved an amendment to the country’s budget that is intended to see the advertising revenues of free online video services such as YouTube taxed for the first time. Despite opposition from the government, which rejected the tax during discussions on its budget for 2017 a month ago, the country’s National Assembly has […]

Third of US broadband homes watch UGC 10 days per month

Nearly 35% of US broadband homes watch user-generated video on sites like YouTube, Vimeo, and Dailymotion at least 10 days per month, according to Parks Associates. The firm’s new OTT research claims that 75% of US broadband homes access user-generated web content at least once per month, with men more frequently watching user-generated video than […]

Vivendi to reposition Dailymotion, Studio+ set for launch

Vivendi is to reposition and revamp the user experience of online video site Dailymotion next year. The company said it expected the changes to enable Dailymotion to expand its user base from its existing 400 million users. At the same time Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine used Vivendi’s first-half analyst presentation to reveal that short-form […]