France


Canal+ cinema deal opens way to reform of windows

French pay TV operator Canal+ has struck an agreement with France’s cinema industry to continue to support movie production in the country and has indicated that a deal is imminent on the thorny question of movies rights windowing in the country. Canal+ said its agreement with organisations representing the French cinema industry would see the […]

Canal+ regains English Premier League from RMC Sport

Canal+ has secured the rights to English Premier League football in France for three seasons from next year and has renewed its existing contract for the Premier League in Poland. Winning back the Premier League, currently held by Altice’s RMC Sport, is a significant coup for the embattled pay TV broadcaster, which saw its grip […]

Eutelsat looks to telcos’ expanding TV reach after disappointing Q1

Satellite operator Eutelsat turned in disappointing first quarter results, with total revenues slipping by 2.7% year-on-year to €335.1 million, and was forced to cut its full-year revenue target after failing to secure a US government contract renewal. The core video business, which accounts for two thirds of the operator’s revenues, was down 1.7% to €217.2 […]

World Cup provides major boost for TF1

Coverage of the FIFA World Cup has helped lift French commercial broadcaster TF1’s performance for the first nine months of the year, with revenues for the period up 6.9% to €1.576 billion. Revenues for the third quarter were €492 million, compared with €431.7 million last year. Operating profit, excluding a non-recurring charge related to the […]

Eurosport claims French ‘home of tennis’ status after new ATP deal

Discovery-owned Eurosport has struck a new five-year deal with the ATP World Tour and ATP Media to bring 37 ATP world Tour tennis tournaments a season to its platform in France from next year. In addition to the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals and the Next Gen ATP Finals, the five-year agreement incorporates all nine ATP […]

Orange sees solid TV growth

Orange had 9.374 million IPTV and satellite TV customers at the end of the third quarter, up from 9.209 million in Q2 and up from 8.867 million a year ago. Overall, TV numbers were up 5.7% year-on-year. In France the operator saw its TV numbers rise from 6.912 million to 6.959 million quarter-on-quarter, while in […]

SACD: Salto has ‘no chance’ against Netflix

Salto, the project to create a French OTT service championed by France Télévisions chief Delphine Ernotte, has “no chance against Netflix”, according to Pascal Rogard, the director-general of copyright collecting society SACD. Presenting the authors’ and composers’ rights outfit’s contribution to a consultation on the reform of public service media in France, Rogard said that […]

Médiamétrie: 30% of web users in France now watch SVOD

More than 30% of French internet users watched a subscription video-on-demand service in the past year, marking a 10-point increase compared to December 2017. This is according to Médiamétrie’s latest SVOD barometer, which estimated that 13.6 million French people watch series, films, documentaries or cartoons via an SVOD service. The research said that people are […]

Viacom launches Comedy Central in France

Viacom is launching Comedy Central in France, effective October 4th. The entertainment-themed channel will be distributed on all telecoms affiliate platforms, including Orange, Free, SFR, Numericable, Bouygues and Videofutur, reaching more than 13 million households. The channel will also be available via a wide range of devices, providing real-time access to Comedy Central TV, Comedy Central Replay and Comedy Central Play, […]

Sky Deutschland launches Ryder Cup pop-up channel

Sky Deutschland is launching a pop-up Ryder Cup channel that will kick off tomorrow and provide coverage of the golf tournament until October 1. In addition to the broadcast of the golf competition, viewers will be able to see highlights from previous years and magazine shows on the channel, Sky Sport Ryder Cup HD. The […]

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