France


Salto close to Bouygues Telecom deal

French Netflix rival Salto is on the verge of striking its first ISP distribution deal with Bouygues Telecom, according to financial daily Les Echos. The paper cited an unnamed source who said that securing carriage with ISPs, via whose boxes the majority of French consumers watch TV, was vital for Salto, which would struggle to […]

Thema launches +D’Afrique VOD offering on Orange

Thema, the Canal+ Group-owned specialist in the edition and distribution of multicultural pay TV offerings, has launched its SVOD package +D’Afrique on French TV operator Orange’s Le Bouquet Africain Max service. +D’Afrique, which was initially launched in April 2019 on the Freebox service provided by rival ISP Free, and then successively on SFR and Bouygyes […]

Salto passes 100,000 mark with wide base of users

French broadcaster-backed streaming service Salto has attracted around 100,000 subscribers in its first three weeks, according to a report by Le Figaro. However, the service, backed by pubcaster France Télévisions and commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6, is approaching the end of its first month, with free trial periods beginning to come to an end from […]

SFR launches voice-activated speaker targeting Box+TV customers

Altice France/SFR is launching a voice-activated connected speaker follow up from its SFR Box 8 launch and its Box+TV offer. The service provider has teamed up with tech outfits Devialet and Sagemcom, whose respective technologies also underpin a similar product recently launched by Vodafone España. The SFR hardware product will be available in two versions […]

French MMA broadcast ban lifted

France’s ban on the broadcast of mixed martial arts (MMA) events has been lifted. The French Mixed Martial Arts Federation (FMMAF) has confirmed that the regulator Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA) has agreed to lift the ban following years of disputes. MMA was banned in 2016, with the French government refusing to recognise the FMMAF […]

Mediapro’s Roures claims 600k subs for Téléfoot as talks with league restart

Mediapro chief Jaume Roures has claimed that troubled French premium football service Téléfoot has about 600,000 subscribers, excluding possible additions coming from its deals with French ISPs. The Spanish producer and broadcaster has been engaged in a stand-off with the French Professional Football League over its failure to pay a second tranche of money owned […]

Canal+ grows revenue and subs but hit by currency movements

Vivendi-owned pay TV operator Canal+ recorded strong revenue growth from its international operations in the third quarter, but the gains were largely stripped out by currency movements. The pay TV outfit saw its Q3 revenues grow by 7.3% year-on-year for the quarter to €1.38 billion, but the increase in constant currency terms was only 0.9%. […]

Netgem launches Super WiFi on Videofutur

TV and broadband technology company Netgem has launched Super WiFi, a new service designed to improve WiFi coverage in consumers’ homes, with the service initially deployed across its Videofutur fibre ISP business in France. Videofutur focuses on providing broadband and entertainment to under-served regions in France. The new Videofutur maFibre proposition couples 1Gbps fibre access […]

Canal+ takes legal action against Mediapro over Téléfoot terms

Pay TV operator Canal+ is taking legal action over what it alleges is discriminatory treatment on the part of Spanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro over the terms it is willing to offer for carriage of its French football offering Téléfoot. “Taking into consideration the conditions that have been imposed on it by the Mediapro Group […]

Canal+ apples for new DTT licence despite reservations

French pay TV operator Canal+ has applied to renew its digital-terrestrial licence when it expires at the end of this year amid questioning by the company’s CEO as to whether it would continue to distribute its services over DTT.  Canal+ was the only candidate to submit an application to media regulator the CSA to provide […]

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