France


Netgem confirms RIP strategy, moving platform business to Videofutur

Technology group Netgem has confirmed its strategy of reorienting as a provider of connected home solutions and services  for multi-service operators as it posted a 32% decline in revenue and a 59% decline in EBITDA for 2018. Netgem has focused its efforts on providing services and equipment over public initiative fibre networks in France. These […]

Altice accepts CSA mediation in Free dispute

Altice France has accepted mediation from audiovisual media regulator the CSA in its dispute with service provider Free over carriage terms for its TV channels, ending for now the threat that they could be removed from the Freebox service. Altice said in a tweet that it had noted that Free was no longer rejecting in […]

Work still needed on OTT TV quality of service, says French watchdog

The quality of service available on unmanaged OTT TV services has improved markedly in recent years, but much still has to be done to guarantee the same level of quality available on broadcast TV, particularly for live linear programming, according to a study by French media regulator the CSA.   The report said that it […]

Free digests fixed-line losses after tough year

French service provider Free lost 32,000 fixed-line subscribers in the fourth quarter, an acceleration of the rate of loss that has impacted it over the course of the year as a whole. The operator had 6.427 million broadband customers at the end of the year, down from 6.52 million a year earlier. Free’s fibre-to-the-home base […]

Videofutur to provide quad-play fibre service over SFR RIP

Altice France/SFR has struck an agreement with French service provider Videofutur whereby the latter will make its commercial fibre offering available via the Réseaux d’Initiative Publique (RIP) – shared networks supported by local authorities – that are exploited by SFR. Videofutur plans to deploy its commercial fibre offering to two million homes covered by the […]

Freebox Delta passes 100k customer milestone

French service provider Free has passed the 100,000 subscriber milestone for its recently launched high-end Freebox Delta box. The company said signing up new customers in such numbers for the device represented a considerable success in a market where the average entry price for entry devices began at less than €10 a month. It said […]

Altice France and Free in battle over TV carriage terms

Altice France and Iliad Telecom/Free are engaged in a battle of wills over carriage terms for the former’s NextRadioTV channels that could see the services disappear from the Free platform from March 20. Altice has threatened to pull its channels – BFMTV, RMC Découverte, RMC Story and BFM Business – from the Freebox if an […]

Canal+ launches new streaming service Canal+ Séries

Canal+ has launched its new streaming service. Canal+ Séries will be available for €6.99 a month and will offer a mix of original series and international acquisitions. The service will be available without an ongoing contract. Subscribers will be able to access up to four streams simultaneously and pricing will be designed to enable shared […]

Altice chooses its own channel for FTA Champions League final

Altice France has chosen to air the final of this year’s Champions League football competition on its own news channel BFMTV rather than sub-license the rights to another free-to-view broadcaster, according to local reports. According to Le Parisien, BFMTV will show the match live from Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium. Under French law, the final […]

Orange chief: content is ‘essential’ for future of business

Investing in content will remain an essential part of Orange’s business going forwards, according to CEO Stéphane Richard. Speaking to analysts after Orange posted its full-year results, Richard said that content was “essential for Orange to consolidate its position as a leading multiservice operator”, citing an increase in content revenues of 14% year-on-year. Richard said […]

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