Vivendi to shut down Studio+

Vivendi is to shut down Studio+, the mobile-focused short-form content platform it launched with much fanfare two years ago. French media news site Télérama reported last week that Studio+ subscribers had been informed by email that the service will close in two months. Studio+ had provided short-form series comprising 10-minute episodes aimed at a youthful […]

Mediawan strikes deal with TF1 to rebrand AB Moteurs as Automoto

French media group Mediawan, owner of AB Group’s channels, has struck a deal with TF1 that will see the pair rebrand motorsport channel AB Moteurs as Automoto. The change, which will take place in time for the post-summer season, will see the channel take the name of TF1’s flagship motorsport show, broadcast on its flagship […]

TF1 in exclusive talks to buy Lagardère e-health portal

TF1 Group has entered into exclusive negotiations with Lagardère Group to take control of the latter’s online health portal Doctissimo. The health and wellbeing site, which was created in 2000 and acquired by Lagardère in 2008, focuses on health, nutrition and the family. Doctissimo, which is present in France, Spain and Italy, had an audience […]

Molotov reportedly looking for buyer

French OTT TV service Molotov is looking for a buyer, according to local reports, with Orange potentially in the frame to step in. According to business news service BFMTV, citing unnamed sources, Orange and other telcos are circling Molotov for a potential bid, following the failure of talks between the OTT service and the trio […]

French viewers still value digital-terrestrial, says TDF

Almost seven in 10 French people – 68% – of the population use digital-terrestrial TV, either direct to a TV or via a DTT set-top box, according to statistics compiled by IFOP for transmission services provider TDF. Some 34% of those surveyed said they used DTT as their primary means of viewing TV on the […]

Altice’s Weill calls ‘opening of debate’ on net neutrality

Europe must “stop being naïve” in the face of aggressive competition from US and Chinese internet giants that have build global businesses on the back of net neutrality and it is important to “open the debate” on making them pay network operators to transport their data, according to Alain Weill, CEO of Altice France. Weill […]

TF1 taps Harmonic for Ultra HD

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has tapped video technology outfit Harmonic to deploy an Ultra HD contribution and distribution solution to broadcast live sports events, including the world’s largest football tournament and a premier motor racing championship. TF1 will use Harmonic’s platform to deliver live UHD coverage of premium sports competitions directly to French service providers. […]

Parrot Analytics: Spanish drama tops French digital original in-demand list

Spanish heist drama La Casa de Papel, which was originally shown on Antena 3 in its home market but is marketed internationally as Money Heist by Netflix, topped Parrot Analytics’ list of in-demand digital originals in France for the week ending July 1 with 4.2 million average demand expressions, placing it far ahead of second-placed […]

French regulations responsible for CanalPlay collapse, says Saada

Restrictive rules governing the distribution of content will kill off French fiction in the international market if they remain unchanged, according to Canal+ CEO Maxime Saada, who has blamed France’s competition regulator for a disastrous fall in subscriber numbers at the pay TV operator’s SVOD service CanalPlay. Saada, addressing a French senate committee last week, […]

Canal+ France chief takes sideswipe at Salto plan

Canal+ France chief Franck Cadoret has said he is “sceptical” about the prospects of the planned OTT TV joint venture between public broadcaster France Télévisions and commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6. Speaking at an awards event organised by NPA, Cadoret was quoted by financial daily Les Echos as saying he was sceptical about the prospects […]

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