France


SFR takes on Free with new box, rollout in other markets to follow

French service provider Altice France/SFR has unveiled its latest set-top box, the AFR Box 8, designed by the group’s in-house R&D unit, Altice Labs. The box, which is being launched in France, will in fact be rolled out across Altice Europe’s other markets subsequently. The launch of the box follows the much higher-profile unveiling of […]

RTL steps up international exclusive content drive with new formats unit

RTL Group is stepping up its efforts to build exclusive content with the launch of Format Creation Group (FC Group), a new creative unit that will develop non-scripted formats exclusively for RTL broadcasters and streaming services. The new unit will be based in Hilversum and led by managing director Matthias Scholten (pictured), a long-time TV […]

French broadcasters making concessions to secure Salto green light

The major French broadcasters involved in the Salto subscription video-on-demand project have proposed significant concessions in a bid to secure a green light from the country’s competition watchdog, according to a report by financial daily Les Echos. The paper says it has seen a confidential document that details some 20 commitments made to the Autorité […]

TF1 takes majority stakes in Play Two and Canada’s Reel One

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has taken a majority stake in musical production outfit Play Two, upping its stake to 51%. Play Two, created in 2016 by Julien Godin and Sébastian Duclos, has emerged as a leading independent label and event producer, with popular artists including Gim’s MC Solaar, David Hallyday, Trois Cafés Gourmands and Kids […]

Canal+ confirms restructuring plan

Canal+ has confirmed that it is to reduce its headcount by 492 people as part of a new restructuring operation. The pay TV outfit said that the reduction in staff numbers would be achieved exclusively through voluntary departures and that it had met with employee representatives. Canal+ said that the initiatives it has undertaken over […]

Canal+ to cut French workforce by 20%

Canal+ is to reduce its workforce by 20% in France as it struggles to regain ground in its home territory in the face of intensive competition. According to various press reports, the Vivendi-owned pay TV operator sent an email to employee representatives yesterday calling on them to attend a meeting on July 9 for consultation […]

France completes 700MHz switchover

France has completed the transfer of the 700MHz frequency band from broadcasting to mobile applications. Completion of the project, which was designed to provide additional capacity for 4G and 5G mobile applications, comes over four years after the government kicked the process off. The Ile-de-France region was the first to switch, in April 2016 to […]

Long-delayed Salto reaches French competition watchdog

After months of delay, French subscription video-on-demand joint venture Salto is finally in the hands of the country’s competition watchdog, the Autorité de la Concurrence. The regulator has until July 19 to reach a decision on the project, a JV between public broadcaster France Télévisions and commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 that is designed to […]

Alchimie to provide VOD content to SFR

Content aggregator and distributor Alchimiehas signed a three-year agreement with Altice France/ SFR to provide the operator with 2,000 hours of documentaries for SFR’s factual VOD channels for its Power and Premium subscribers.  Alchimie will provide SFR with a selection of 2,000 hours of documentaries spanning nature, culture, travel, history, science and technology programming. The shows will be […]

TF1 signs partner to commercialise ad inventory in Belgium

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has struck a deal with Belgian advertising sales outfit IP Belgium to take charge of the commercialisation of linear and non-linear advertising of the channel in Belgium. TF1 has been commercialising its channel in the Belgian market for the last two years, until now in partnership with Transfer. IP Belgium will […]

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