Eutelsat sees revenues rise as broadcast holds steady

Satellite operator Eutelsat saw its overall revenues rise by 0.7% in its fiscal Q3 to €337 million, thanks to what it said was “strong resilience” in the broadcast market . Video service sales were flat year-on-year at €215.4 million, while fixed data sales dropped by 7.3% to €30.4 million and fixed broadband sales were down […]

Xavier Niel reportedly looking at investment in Molotov as Altice stumbles

Free founder Xavier Niel may step into the breach if French OTT TV player Molotov’s investors block the company’s planned sale to Altice France, according to local reports. According to L’Opinion, citing unnamed sources, Niel, a long-time acquaintance of Molotov co-founder Jean-David Blanc, is prepared to take part in a new capital increase via his […]

Altice Europe bounces back with solid Q1

Multinational quad-play provider Altice Europe bounced back in the first quarter, with the company’s consumer fixed base growing by 88,000, including 63,000 fibre customers. Altice France, the group’s key operating unit, achieved a good level of customer acquisition in the first quarter in a market with fewer promotions. Altice France also grew its mobile base […]

Bouygues Telecom teams with iFeelSmart for new Android TV launcher

French operator Bouygues Telecom has announced a deal to bring iFeelSmart’s Centaurus Android TV Operator Tier custom launcher to its BBox Android TV Operator Tier set-top box. Demonstrating the strong market trend around Android TV for pay TV operators, the partnership will see millions of Bouygues customers with the updated user interface. iFeelSmart provides applications […]

Lagardère sees dip in TV revenues

French media outfit Lagardère’s TV channels saw a 6% dip in revenues in the first quarter, driven lower by a decline in advertising sales. The decline contributed to an overall in Lagardère Active’s revenues, which were down 13.4% in like-for-like terms to €116million. The group said that TV advertising revenues was generally weak in the […]

Free sees modest bounce back

French service provider Free experienced a modest bounce back in the first quarter, with 150,000 new fibre customers, a solid result in Italy and a 7.7% lift in revenues. Free posted revenues of €1.293 billion, up 7.7%, with services revenue up 6.6% to €1.22 billion and a 30.4% increase in equipment sales to €73 million. Services […]

Orange sees solid growth in subs, but revenues stay flat

Orange saw solid growth in TV, mobile and fixed broadband in the quarter to March, but this did not translate into strong revenue growth in what CEO Stéphane Richard described as a “particularly challenging competitive context, notably in our two principal countries of France and Spain”. Orange had 9.658 million TV customers at the end […]

TF1 delivers on promise as growth continues

French broadcaster TF1 has posted an operating margin of 11.4% for the first quarter meaning that CEO Gilles Pélisson has so far delivered on a promise to raise the group’s margin to more than 10% this year. TF1 posted revenues of €553.7 million for the first quarter, up 10.9%, with advertising contributing €394.9 million, up […]

Bouygues Telecom taps AirTies for WiFi

French service provider Bouygues Telecom has tapped technology outfit AirTies to provide its WiFi software and Mesh extenders to its broadband subscribers. Bouygues Telecom will integrate AirTies Smart WiFi software with subscribers’ existing Bbox gateways. Bouygues Telecom will also offer AirTies’ Air 4830 Mesh extenders, powered by Quantenna, to provide high-speed Wi-Fi throughout subscribers’ homes. “At […]

Arte planning VOD platform

Franco-German culture channel Arte is planning to launch a video-on-demand platform in partnership with Arte Deutschland, the latter’s backers, public broadcasters ARD and ZDF and France Télévisions. Arte’s aim is to offer a streaming service bringing together the “best of European public channels” in multiple languages, according to Véronique Cayla, Arte president of Arte France, […]

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