France


Bouygues Telecom names Edward Bouygues as strategy chief

French service provider Bouygues Telecom has made a raft of new management appointments following last November’s naming of Olivier Roussat as president and Richard Viel as CEO, including the naming of founder Martin Bouygues’ son Edward as director of strategy. Edward Bouygues, who was previously head of Réseau Clubs Bouygues Telecom (RCBT), the group’s point-of-sale […]

Canal+ ‘close to deal’ to resell Premier League rights to RMC Sport

French pay TV operator Canal+ is close to agreeing the resale of part of its English Premier League rights to Altice France-owned RMC Sport, according to local press. According to sports paper L’Équipe, citing unnamed sources, the pay TV operator has made a formal request to the Premier League to co-distribute a substantial tranche of […]

France Télévsions deal with producers opens way to retention of exclusive rights

France Télévisions has struck an agreement with producers that will enable it to exploit content exclusively on its own free and subscription digital packages. The deal will enable France Télévisions director-general Delphine Ernotte to make good her ambition to withdraw series financed by the pubcaster from Netflix and other third-party platforms ahead of the planned […]

Canal+ ‘planning relaunch’ of CanalPlay SVOD service

Canal+ plans to relaunch its subscription video-on-demand service CanalPlay in the spring with a €10 monthly fee and possibly with a new name, according to French financial daily Les Echos. According to the paper, the pay TV operator is planning a relaunch of the service at a price point that is competitive with Netflix after […]

Canal+ seals deal for new windowing regime

Canal+ and other French television broadcasters signed a new windowing agreement with organisations representing the French cinema industry just ahead of the Christmas break, enabling it to make movies available on its service between six and eight months after their theatrical release for the first time. Canal+ said that the agreement recognised its unique position […]

France Télévisions reportedly in talks with Molotov

French linear OTT TV service Molotov has ended talks about a possible sale to Orange and has opened negotiations with public broadcaster France Télévisions, which could look to use the OTT provider’s platform to accelerate its digital transformation, according to a report by news magazine L’Express. According to L’Express, citing an unnamed source, France Télévisions […]

TDF to expand digital-terrestrial UHD trial

French media regulator the CSA has authorised transmission services provider TDF to use a third digital-terrestrial channel to pilot UHD TV services in the Île-de-France, Nantes and Toulouse areas. TDF will add DTT channel 83 to channels 81 and 82, which have been in service since 2014. The channels are distributed via three digital-terrestrial frequencies. […]

French broadcasters slam YouTube campaign against Article 13

French broadcasters and organisations representing rightsholders have banded together to condemn what they describe as Google and YouTube’s “massive and unprecedented campaign of disinformation” against the EU’s revised copyright directive, currently at the stage of ‘trilogue’ discussions between the European Council, Parliament and the Commission. In an open letter that thanked French culture minister Franck […]

Mediapro ramps up French campaign with second division rights

Spanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro has ramped up its effort to carve out a significant slice of the French premium subscription video market by acquiring rights to second division football in the country. Mediapro has been awarded the main package of second division rights by the French professional football league, the LFP, giving the Catalan […]

Free unveils next-generation box with Netflix at no extra cost

French service provider Iliad Telecom/Free has unveiled its long-awaited next-generation box, the Freebox Delta, alongside a lower-cost device, the Freebox One. Freebox Delta will be available to Free subscribers for a premium price of €49.99 a month, while Freebox One will be available for €29.99 for the first year for the first 100,000 subscribers. Freebox […]

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