France


Salto and Arte heading for digital-terrestrial platform

French streaming service Salto will soon be available via the country’s connected digital-terrestrial devices, according to various local reports. According to Stratégies, Salto will be available on channel 51 of the French digital-terrestrial platform from the middle of this month. The move comes after French media regulator the CSA gave a green light to culture […]

Altice Media launches first addressable ad campaigns

Altice Media has launched the first addressable advertising campaigns to its user base in France. The group has offered advertisers targeted campaigns as part of its portfolio of services since the beginning of the month, leaning on the expertise of service provider SFR, which has been commercialising the use of anonymised geolocation data for its […]

France’s rugby league issues call to tender for media rights

France’s professional rugby football body, the LNR, last week launched an invitation to tender for media rights, following hard on the heels of the country’s professional football body, the LFP. The latter is re-tendering rights returned to it by Spanish broadcaster Mediapro after it failed to maintain payments in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

Orange to sell 50% stake in rural areas FTTH networks

Orange has agreed to sell a 50% stake in its rural fibre infrastructure arm, creating a new company, Orange Concessions, that will serve over 4.5 million homes. Orange said the best offer it received for the 50% stake came from La Banque des Territoires (Caisse des Dépôts), CNP Assurances and EDF Invest. Orange said that with […]

Report: Salto edges up to 200k subs after three months

Salto, the French subscription video-on-demand service launched last year as a JV between the country’s main terrestrial broadcasters to combat the growing power of Netflix, has so far attracted 200,000 subscribers according to financial daily Les Echos. The paper did not reveal its sources for the number, which has not been officially released by the […]

Canal+ taking legal action over football auction move

French pay TV operator Canal+ is taking legal action against the country’s professional football body, the LFP, over its decision to launch a new bidding process for rights to Ligue 1, according to local reports. According to Le Figaro, the pay TV operator has taken issue with the LFP’s decision only to auction those rights […]

Canal+ calls for new bidding process for Ligue 1 rights

Pay TV operator Canal+ has called for a new auction of French Ligue 1 football rights in the wake of the debacle of Mediapro’s acquisition of the key rights and subsequent decision to return them to the league. In an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro, Canal+ chief executive Maxime Saada said that his group […]

Vivendi secures full voting rights in Mediaset

Vivendi secured another significant victory in its battle with Mediaset just before Christmas, with the news that the Lazio regional administrative tribunal (TAR) had ruled that it can exercise full voting rights in accordance with its stake in the Italian media group. The ruling means that Vivendi will be able to give voting instructions for […]

Free adds Disney+ to TV offering

French service provider Free has added Disney+ to its TV offering, bring the latter’s originals and catalogue of films, series and documentaries, including titles from the Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wards and National Geographic catalogues, to its viewers. Freebox Pop and Freebox Delta subscribers can access the Disney+ offering directly via their set—tops and will […]

SVOD outfit Benshi taps Wiztivi for Samsung and Android TV

Benshi, the French SVOD platform for children aged 3 to 11, has teamed up with technology outfit Wiztivi to deploy Benshi’s service on Samsung smart TVs and Android TVs. Wiztivi’s Timeless Universe user interface product has been customized for deployment on Benshi’s new Samsung Smart TV and Android TV app. As the service is intended […]