France


M6 digital chief to head up streaming service Salto

TF1 CEO Gilles Péllisson is to take the role of president of the board of Salto for two years, while operational management of the streaming outfit will be led by Thomas Follin, until now a member of the executive committee of M6. Follin, 42, took up his post on Monday. He will be tasked with […]

Canal+ renews distribution deal with OCS

Canal+ and Orange’s OCS have renewed their multi-year distribution agreement that allows subscribers to Canal+’s pay TV offering to view the services offered by OCS. OCS, which counted 3.3 million subscribers in France at the end of June, will have access to Canal+’s subscriber base. OCS offers for channels and a raft of on-demand programming, […]

Free signs new channels deal with Altice but sues over Virgin Mobile acquisition

Altice France/SFR has signed a new agreement with Iliad Telecom/Free for the continued carriage of its channels BFM TV, RMC Découverte, RMC Story, BFM Paris and BFM Lyon Métropole. At the same time, Free has opened hostilities with Altice on another front by filing a lawsuit. The agreement for carriage of Altice France’s TV channels […]

Salto ‘will not be on ISP boxes’, says M6 chief

Salto, the streaming JV between French broadcasters France Télévisions, TF1 and M6 will not appear on the IPTV boxes that dominate TV distribution in the country, at least initially, according to M6 CEO Nicolas de Tavernost. Delivering an address at the Rencontres de UDECAM event organised by the media agencies organisation of that name, De […]

Altice France’s Weill concedes defeat in battle with Orange

Altice France CEO Alain Weill has admitted defeat and will make the group’s TV channels BFM TV, BFM Business, RMC Découverte and RMC Story available free of charge to operators after Orange this week came good on its threat to cut their signal in the absence of a deal between the pair. BFM TV disappeared […]

New French media law to oblige Netflix to invest in local production

French minister of culture Franck Riester has presented his plans for a new media law that will impose new obligations to finance local content creation on the country’s main TV channels and on streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. The plan is to force channels and video-on-demand services to devote a minimum […]

Free posts mixed results, moves towards fibre partnership

French service provider Iliad Telecom/Free lost 77,000 mobile and 15,000 fixed broadband customers in France in the quarter to June, meaning that its total subscriber base in the French market has dropped by 92,000. On the upside, Free added 172,000 new fibre customers in the quarter, taking its total to 1.3 million at the end […]

Canal+ ‘finalising’ distribution deal with Netflix

Canal+ is in advanced talks about a deal to distribute Netflix on its platform, according a report by French newspaper Le Figaro. According to the paper, the negotiations between the pair are well advanced and could lead to an agreement being finalised over the next few weeks. Netflix would be available as an option to […]

Bouygues Telecom turns in solid Q2

French service provider Bouygues Telecom has posted solid Q2 numbers, with growth in both its fibre and mobile bases. In the fixed segment, its FTTH base continued to grow, with 176,000 new customers added in first-half 2019, of which 82,000 were in the second quarter. The FTTH penetration rate reached 20% at end-June 2019 versus […]

Futuresource: Netflix driving SVOD in France, but multi-subscriptions lag

Netflix is driving growth of subscription video-on-demand in France, but multiple SVOD subscriptions, which have yet to take off, are expected to grow with the launch of new entrants over the next couple of years, according to Futuresource Consulting. According to the research outfit, total video entertainment consumer spend in France is expected to exceed […]

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