Italian court rejects Mediaset damages claim

Vivendi has achieved a partial victory on one front of its ongoing legal battle with Mediaset, with a Milan court ruling that its acquisition of a large stake in the Italian media group was not illegitimate and did not constitute unfair competition. Mediaset has claimed that Vivendi took advantage of a fall in its share […]

Salto arrives on digital-terrestrial platform

Salto, the streaming JV between French commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 and  public broadcaster France Télévisions, has arrived on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform. The launch of the service to connected digital-terrestrial screens using the HbbTV standard follows approval of the move by regulator the CSA. The watchdog approved Salto’s arrival on DTT for a provisional […]

European Commission takes issue with planned French SVOD rules

The European Commission has expressed reservations about France’s plans to implement in national law new European rules that place obligations on international video-on-demand platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+. According to information seen by consultancy group NPA Conseil and financial daily Les Echos, the EC has taken issue with key elements of France’s […]

Conseil d’Etat forces change to French plan to protect access to audiovisual works

France’s Conseil d’Etat has nixed a government plan to require regulatory authorisation for the sale of audiovisual catalogues as part of legislation designed to protect public access to cultural works in the digital era, according to French financial daily Les Echos. The proposed change to the law, initially put forward in March, would have given […]

New youth-oriented SVOD BrutX launches in France

Brut, the youth-oriented French media outfit created five years ago by Studio Bagel founder Guillaume Lacroix and former Canal+ producer Renaud Le Van Kim, has launched a new SVOD service, BrutX. The streaming offering, which provides a mix of films, series and documentaries for €4.99 a month, will expand on Brut’s existing media properties, which […]

Salto and Arte heading for digital-terrestrial platform

French streaming service Salto will soon be available via the country’s connected digital-terrestrial devices, according to various local reports. According to Stratégies, Salto will be available on channel 51 of the French digital-terrestrial platform from the middle of this month. The move comes after French media regulator the CSA gave a green light to culture […]

Altice Media launches first addressable ad campaigns

Altice Media has launched the first addressable advertising campaigns to its user base in France. The group has offered advertisers targeted campaigns as part of its portfolio of services since the beginning of the month, leaning on the expertise of service provider SFR, which has been commercialising the use of anonymised geolocation data for its […]

France’s rugby league issues call to tender for media rights

France’s professional rugby football body, the LNR, last week launched an invitation to tender for media rights, following hard on the heels of the country’s professional football body, the LFP. The latter is re-tendering rights returned to it by Spanish broadcaster Mediapro after it failed to maintain payments in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

Orange to sell 50% stake in rural areas FTTH networks

Orange has agreed to sell a 50% stake in its rural fibre infrastructure arm, creating a new company, Orange Concessions, that will serve over 4.5 million homes. Orange said the best offer it received for the 50% stake came from La Banque des Territoires (Caisse des Dépôts), CNP Assurances and EDF Invest. Orange said that with […]

Report: Salto edges up to 200k subs after three months

Salto, the French subscription video-on-demand service launched last year as a JV between the country’s main terrestrial broadcasters to combat the growing power of Netflix, has so far attracted 200,000 subscribers according to financial daily Les Echos. The paper did not reveal its sources for the number, which has not been officially released by the […]

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