France Televisions

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 […]

French authors and producers’ groups slam France 4 closure plan

French minister of culture Franck Riester has confirmed plans to close down France Télévisions youth channel France 4 along with international service France Ô, next year, to the consternation of groups representing creatives in the country. Riester’s confirmation of the closure came at the signature of an agreement on plans to ensure France Télévisions’ continued […]

France Télévisions secures victory in PlayMédia case

French public broadcaster France Télévisions has won a victory in an ongoing legal battle with online TV provider PlayMédia, operator of the service to prevent the latter from retransmitting its services. The Cour de Cassation denied PlayMédia’s claim to redistribute services subject to must-carry obligations by denying it the status of distributor. PlayMédia may […]

Long-delayed Salto reaches French competition watchdog

After months of delay, French subscription video-on-demand joint venture Salto is finally in the hands of the country’s competition watchdog, the Autorité de la Concurrence. The regulator has until July 19 to reach a decision on the project, a JV between public broadcaster France Télévisions and commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 that is designed to […]

Orange and France Télévisions providing 8K TV on 5G at Roland Garros

Orange has teamed up with French public broadcaster France Télévisions to air the first live broadcast of matches in 8K over 5G from the Roland Garros French Open tennis tournament. The pair have joined forces to air what the say will be the first ever live 8K TV images of matches from the Philippe-Chatrier court, […]

Discovery sub-licences 2022/2024 Olympic rights to France Televisions

Discovery, via its Eurosport subsidiary, and France Télévisions have announced a partnership that will see the two broadcasters present complementary coverage of the Olympic Games in France, including for Beijing 2022 and Paris 2024, the first Summer edition of the Games to be hosted by France for a century. Under the partnership, France Télévisions will sub-license […]

France Télévisions chief slams Salto delays as Netflix gains subscribers

France Télévisions director-general Delphine Ernotte used an appearance at the Series Mania event in Lille yesterday to express her frustration at regulatory delays that have prevented France’s main broadcasters from making progress with their joint streaming project. Ernotte was speaking after the European Commission, which had been examining the Salto project, the SVOD JV between […]

France Télévisions ups digital docs to strengthen online portal

French public broadcaster France Télévisions is to devote 5% of its documentaries budget to content for its digital platforms over the next three years as it seeks to bolster its online portal, according to local reports. Speaking at the Fipadoc festival in Biarritz, broadcasting chief Takis Candilis said that the broadcaster was undergoing an evolution […]

Molotov reportedly facing likely sale after failing to raise funds

French OTT linear TV service Molotov has failed to raise new funding and its shareholders are likely to be forced to give up control of the operation to one of a number of potential buyers including France Télévisions, according to financial daily Les Echos. According to the paper, Molotov has failed to achieve CEO and […]

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