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Salto begins test phase ahead of autumn launch

Salto, the French commercial and public broadcasters’ answer to Netflix, has begun closed user-group tests ahead of a delayed commercial launch in the autumn. Salto CEO Thomas Follin told the AFP news agency that the streaming service was on the “starting blocks” for an autumn launch. Salto, which has been subject to lengthy delays while […]

Salto chief unveils launch plan for streaming service

Salto, the long-delayed French streaming offering from broadcasters France Télévisions, TF1 and M6, is to launch on June 3, according to CEO Thomas Follin. Follin told French newspaper Le Figaro that the SVOD offering would launch in test mode, enabling consumers to connect to the service. The streamer will then launch a full promotion in […]

France Télévisions chief outlines regionalisation plan for France 3

France Télévisions director-general Delphine Ernotte plans to develop 13 French regional and local channels to replace the current France 3 channel, as reported by the Journal Du Dimanche. Ernotte said that the new channels would take the form of wider media outlets, mixing TV, radio and the web, at a cost of around €900 million. […]

England-France attracts 6 million viewers

England’s Six Nations opener to France drew an average of 5.9 million viewers on BBC One. The match, which finished as a 24-17 victory for the French, saw a peak of 7 million and an audience share of 41% in the UK. France Télévisions’ France 2 saw an average of 5.7 million viewers, representing a […]

Ernotte: direct relationship with viewers an ‘existential issue’ for pubcaster

France’s new audiovisual law does not go far enough to enable public service media to withstand the onslaught of competition from global tech and media giants, and the need for a direct relationship with viewers is an “existential issue” for France Télévisions, according to the pubcaster’s director-general, Delphine Ernotte. Addressing the French National Assembly’s cultural […]

France Télévisions’ Ernotte to seek extension of mandate

France Télévisions director-general Delphine Ernotte has indicated that she will seek a two-year extension to her appointment at the helm of the pubcaster when her current mandate expires in August. Speaking to France Télévisions employees, Ernotte said that she would seek an extension to provide continuity during the implementation of the country’s current reform of […]

France Télévisions to launch new kids platform Okoo

France Télévisions will launch a new kids digital platform, Okoo, on Monday in a major initiative by the public broadcaster following the planned closure of its France 4 channel. The service will be aimed at 3-12 year-olds and will be advertising-free, and will be available free of charge to users. It will replace existing public […]

France Télévisions looking to add movies to catch-up

French public broadcaster France Télévisions is looking to extend its catch-up TV service to encompass movies as well as TV programmes, according to report by financial daily Les Echos.  Currently, only Canal+ and culture channel Arte are licensed to show movies in a catch-up window. However, according to Les Echos, France Télévisions, which has tried […]

Free signals strong opposition to Salto streaming plan

homepInternet service provider Free has communicated its vehement opposition to parts of the French broadcasters’ plans for streaming platform Salto to the competition watchdog currently assessing the project, according to a report by Le Monde. According to the paper, Free has sent a letter to the Autorité de la Concurrence outlining its concerns about plans […]

French broadcasters making concessions to secure Salto green light

The major French broadcasters involved in the Salto subscription video-on-demand project have proposed significant concessions in a bid to secure a green light from the country’s competition watchdog, according to a report by financial daily Les Echos. The paper says it has seen a confidential document that details some 20 commitments made to the Autorité […]

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