Free launches new box as SFR adds Amazon Alexa

French service provider Free has launched the latest variant on its line-up of TV boxes, Freebox Pop, and has revamped its service line-up to “simplify” its overall proposition, while rival SFR has added Amazon Alexa voice control to the SFR Box 8 it launched a year ago. The launch of Freebox Pop means that new […]

Canal+ hails anti-piracy victory in Rennes

Five individuals responsible for creating and maintaining around 20 pirate sites in France have been found guilty by a Rennes criminal court following a complaint lodged by pay TV operators Canal+, BeiN Sport and RMC Sport. The three broadcasters filed the complaint in collaboration with the Association de Lutte contre la Piraterie Audiovisuelle (ALPA). The […]

New minister of culture for France

French president Emmanuel Macron has appointed Roselyne Bachelot as the country’s new minister of culture as part of the new government under prime minister Jean Castex. Bachelot replaces Franck Reister, who served in the role under former prime minister Édouard Philippe and who has now been moved to a deputy ministerial role in charge of […]

ViacomCBS extends deal with Orange in France

ViacomCBS Networks International has struck a new distribution deal with Orange that will extend the range of content and services taken by the operator from the US studio. The new deal will give Orange TV subscribers in France access to previously exclusive content from brands Nickelodeon, J-ONE and MTV. Under the agreement, the complete portfolio […]

France’s Molotov launches B2B solutions arm for OTT providers

French OTT TV service provider Molotov is branching out to offer its technology to third parties as a solutions provider. The company describes Molotov Solutions  as a range of services for media, content owners, and telco operators, which leverages the streaming outfit’s heritage, know-how and of the OTT environment. Molotov has appointed François Le Pichon, […]

CSA intervenes in Canal+ dispute over sale of movie to Amazon Prime

French media regulator the CSA has intervened to secure the amicable resolution of a dispute between pay TV operator Canal+ and production company Le Pacte over the latter’s decision to grant rights to the Italian film Pinocchio to Amazon Prime Video following the lockdown of cinemas in France. Pinocchio, which was covered by a presale […]

Canal+ makes peace with French rugby league

French pay TV provider Canal+ has struck an agreement with the country’s Ligue Nationale de Rugby over terms of payment for the pay TV operator’s rights to the current season of the Top 14 and PRO D2 competitions, which have been suspended due to the coronavirus lockdown. Under the terms of the agreement Canal+ will […]

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 […]

SFR and Bouygues Telecom launch box-free TV with Samsung smart TVs

French service providers SFR and Bouygues Telecom have simultaneously launched box-free TV offers with TV services available from smart TV apps. Bouygues Telecom’s BBox Smart TV offering is part of a triple-play package that provides TV access via a B.TV+ app pre-installed exclusively on Samsung smart TVs. Bouygues said that the offering was designed to […]

Altice Europe turns in solid Q1 performance

Altice Europe has turned in what founder Patrick Drahi was able to describe as “a solid performance…against this challenging backdrop” in the quarter to March. The company saw its revenues grow by 3.6% or 3.1% on a constant currency basis to €3.5 billion. EBITDA was up by 1% to €1.3 billion. Revenue was up in […]

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