‘French Netflix’ Salto launch likely to be delayed till autumn

The full launch of ‘French Netflix’ Salto could be delayed until the autumn, but a soft-launch of the service – a JV between France Télévisions, TF1 and M6 Group – is still on the cards for June 3, as initially planned. A spokesman for Salto told French press that the impact of the coronavirus crisis […]

France’s CNC extends relaxation of movies-on-VOD rules

France’s Centre National du Cinéma (CNC), which administers support for the country’s film industry, has announced a series of measures intended to support French film industry players during the coronavirus crisis, including allowing recently released movies to be shown on TV rather than in cinemas. The organisation’s administrative council authorised president Dominique Boutonnat to permit […]

Altice expects to ‘remain resilient’ after exceeding 2019 expectations

Service provider Altice Europe expects its cash-flow to “remain resilient” in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic after it ended 2019 on a high with revenue for the full year growing by 11.2% to €4.042 billion, an improvement on the 6.9% growth recorded in 2018. The company said its performance exceeded guidance it had given. […]

Coronavirus: CSA chief says regulator will extend tolerance on production obligations

French media regulator the CSA has said it will extend an element of tolerance and understanding in the way it applies rules governing production and distribution obligations in view of the Coronavirus crisis. Writing by email to radio and TV services and industry bodies, CSA chief Roch-Olivier Maistre said that he was cognisant that audiovisual […]

Canal+ rows back on free-to-view move

French pay TV operator Canal+ has rowed back on its decision to de-encrypt its channels in the face of the Coronavirus crisis after other French audiovisual industry players raised concerns. Over the weekend, Canal+ re-encrypted the Canal+ Family, Canal+ Cinéma, Canal+ Sport and Canal+ Decalé channels. The broadcaster said that it would continue to offer […]

TF1 suspends financial objectives as Coronavirus hits ads and production

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has said that its performance this year will be significantly impacted by the Coronavirus crisis, with cancellations of advertising campaigns across key industry sectors and a halt to production activity, and said it was continuously analysing its cost base to look for further ways to save money. The group said it […]

Former TF1 chief Patrick Le Lay dies aged 77

Patrick Le Lay, the long-serving former CEO of French commercial broadcaster TF1, has died aged 77 after an illness. Le Lay joined TF1 parent Bouygues Group in 1981 on its acquisition of Dodin, where he was deputy CEO. He was responsible for Bouygues’ diversification strategy, ultimately leading to him preparing the groundwork for the privatisation […]

Amazon adds OCS to French Channels offering

Amazon has added Orange’s premium TV offering OCS to its Prime Video Channels line-up in France. The agreement between the pair will mean that Prime members in France will be able to subscribe and watch shows on the OCS service, which is home to HBO content in France with series including Westworld, Watchmen, The Walking […]

France’s CNC seeking to suspend VOD window rules as Coronavirus closes cinemas

France’s Centre National du Cinéma (CNC) is looking to suspend the country’s stringent video-on-demand windowing rules because of the restrictions on movement introduced in the country to counter the Coronavirus threat. The measures, introduced by President Emmanuel Macron this week, mean that all cinemas will be closed for the foreseeable future. According to financial daily […]

Canal+ makes premium channel free to view in response to Coronavirus

French pay TV operator Canal+ is to make its premium channel available free to view for anyone using a service provider-supplied box, while its paying basic-tier subscribers will be able to view premium thematic, movie and series channels with no additional payment. In a gesture in response to the Coronavirus crisis, which has seen France […]

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