Walt Disney strikes download deals for France

The Walt Disney Company is to make a raft of its hit US series available for download in France one day after their US premiere. This comes as the international distribution arm of the Hollywood studio has struck a deal with a raft of platforms to make shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, Body of Proof, […]

Free claims success for Révolution

Some 80% of French ISP Free’s new subscribers in the first half of 2011 took up its Freebox Révolution high-end combined gateway and media centre option, the company has said. Free said that its market share of broadband net additions in the first half was 36%. Free had 4.717 million broadband subscribers at the end […]

Lagardère increases profit in broadcast division

French media giant Lagardère increased profits at its TV channels, programme production and distribution and magazines division Lagardère Active. Lagardère Active reported first half recurring operating profit of €52 million, up €16 million year-on-year. Excluding the International Magazine business, recurring operatingprofit totaled €20 million, up €2million. The company said the growth was down in part […]

Canal Plus grows base as Vivendi confirms outlook

Canal Plus France added 96,000 net subscriptions in the year to June. The pay TV company posted revenues for the first half of this year of €2.392 billion, up 2.8%. Canal Plus Group (which includes StudioCanal as well as the French and overseas pay TV operations) posted EBITA of €495 million for the first half, […]

Lagardère unlikely to IPO Canal Plus stake anytime soon

French media group Lagardère is unlikely to launch an IPO of its 20% stake in pay TV group Canal Plus France in current market conditions, according to chief financial officer Dominique D’Hinnin. D’Hinnin told financial daily Les Echos that the company was still willing to sell but that a public offering was probably not feasible […]

M6 renews CBS output deal

French commercial broadcaster M6 has renewed its output deal with Hollywood studio CBS Studios International. 
The move will give M6 access to all of CBS’ latest slate of programming and movies as well as series in forthcoming years. CBS Studios International’s latest raft of series includes Sarah Michelle Gellar-fronted drama Ringer, cop drama The 2-2, […]

France implements Telecom Package

France has finally passed the EU’s Telecom Package into law, three months after the original deadline. The adoption of the package will enhance the powers of telecom regulator ARCEP, giving it the authority to force a functional separation of France Telecom if the latter is deemed to have too much power in the market, and […]

Miramax to launch Facebook streaming service

US studio Miramax is to launch a movie streaming service via Facebook in the US, UK and Turkey, with France and Germany to follow in the near future, according to a report by the PaidContent website. The Miramax experience, as the service is called, will offer 20 titles for rent in the US, and 10 […]

Carlyle Group completes acquisition of Sagemcom

Private-equity investor Carlyle Group has completed the acquisition of French set-top provider Sagemcom from Gores Group. Carlyle Group has acquired 70% of the capital of Sagemcom for an undisclosed sum, with the remainder being held by the company’s existing management and employees. Sagemcom reported revenues of €1.4 billion last year. The company has 6,000 employees […]

httv to launch new software platform

France-based httv is launching a new software platform, httvBOX, at IBC. The HbbTV-based software platform, which will be available for connected TVs and set-top boxes, will offer functionalities including user-based profiles, personalized mosaic, push video-on-demand, catch-up TV and online enhanced EPG. “With a client device offer such as httvBOX and its head-end approach, httv brings […]