France


All Flamenco launches internationally with Orange France

All Flamenco, the first UHD TV channel dedicated to the Spanish Flamenco, has launched internationally with a distribution agreement  French operator Orange France.   The channel now forms part of the operator’s Spanish bouquet with a potential audience of almost seven million subscribers. The Spanish bouquet comprises eight channels for €6 a month, with Spanish Flamenco sitting alongside Antena 3, Star TVE, Atreseries, Canal 24 […]

French government mixes messages on future of TV licence

French culture minister Françoise Nyssen used an appearance at the La Rochelle fiction festival to hold out the prospect of a reform of the country’s TV licensing to detach the principle of payment from physical possession of a TV, before being publicly contradicted by the prime minister. Nyssen said at La Rochelle that a “universal […]

Lescure quits Lagardère for ‘enhanced role’ with audiovisual sector player

Former Canal+ chief Pierre Lescure has resigned as president of the supervisory board of media conglomerate Lagardère after he said he was taking on “new functions” within the same role with “an important player in the audiovisual sector”. Lescure’s term as president of Lagardère’s supervisory board was set to last until May next year. The […]

Canal+ secures exclusive MotoGP rights

Pay TV operator Canal+ has secured exclusive rights to MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 motorsports from next year. The three motor-racing categories will be included in Canal+’s offering. MotoGP races will be aired on the Canal+ flagship channel while the other competitions will be distributed via Canal’s thematic sports channels. Canal+ will make the Grand Prix […]

Altice ‘planning to sell’ stake in fibre business

Cable and telecom group Altice Europe plans to sell a stake in its fibre infrastructure in its latest drive to reduce its indebtedness, according to local reports. According to French financial daily Les Echos, the new fibre joint venture could be worth over €3 billion. In addition to reducing the company’s debt pile, securing investment […]

Free preparing new box as it seeks to revive struggling fixed business

French service provider Free has announced a series of measures to improve its performance in the fixed market, including the launch of new set-top boxes, following a reversal of fortunes in the first half of the year. Free has adjusted its profit guidelines for the year after suffering a loss of mobile and fixed subscribers […]

IHS: linear TV viewing down as online time increases

Linear TV viewing time declined year-on-year across the top five European markets in 2017 as the share of viewing time for online platforms increased, according to IHS Markit. The research firm noted that video consumption is changing across the leading five European markets – the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain – with time-shifted viewing […]

Starzplay to launch in France, Italy and Spain

Lionsgate-owned subscription video-on-demand service Starzplay has struck agreements to launch branded channels in France, Italy and Spain following its earlier launches in the UK and Germany. Starzplay launched on Amazon Channels in the UK and Germany in May, bringing shows such as Vida and Sweetbitter and popular series such as Boss, Party Down, Survivor’s Remorse and Swedish Dicks to subscribers in those countries. “We’re […]

Altice Europe sees subscriber growth, but revenues fall

Altice Europe confirmed an improving subscriber trend in the second quarter, adding 13,000 net new subscribers in France, compared with a loss of 16,000 for the same period last year. The company saw solid uptake of its fibre service in France, with 56,000 net additions in the quarter. In mobile, French unit SFR added 211,000 […]

Vivendi sticking to plan for Canal+, says CEO

Vivendi plans to stick with its existing strategy to secure the future of Canal+, despite the loss of key football rights to Mediapro, and to focus on MyCanal as its flagship non-linear platform in the wake of the collapse in subscriptions to SVOD service CanalPlay, according to CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine. Speaking to analysts following […]

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