France


TF1 deploys Irdeto Control during FIFA World Cup 2022

Cybersecurity firm Irdeto has revealed that it is currently supplying its multi-DRM solution Irdeto Control to secure the OTT platform of French broadcaster TF1. The integration has been utilised during the current 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Irdeto Control is a high-performance and highly scalable solution that sits at the centre of OTT content […]

FFF signs up France Televisions and Bein Sports for Coupe de France

France Télévisions and BeIn Sports have secured domestic rights to French cup competition the Coupe de France in a deal with the French Football Federation. The deal is effective almost immediately and will run until 2026. In a statement, the FFF said: “France Télévisions is extending its commitment while BeIn Sports acquires the broadcasting rights […]

Xavier Niel outfit asks for ‘more time’ to prepare DTT proposal

French telecom and media entrepreneur Xavier Niel’s NJJ Médias unit has asked media regulator ARCOM to give it time to submit a bid to launch a digital-terrestrial TV channel ahead of the renewal of frequencies granted to TF1 and M6. Interviewed by ARCOM yesterday, Iliad Group VP Maxime Lombardini, accompanied by legal advisor François Sureau, […]

French competition authority rejects Canal+ and beIN complaints

French competition body, the Autorité de la Concurrence, has rejected discrimination complaints from pay TV broadcasters Canal+ and beIN Sports regarding the award of live Ligue 1 broadcast rights to Amazon last year. The Autorité cited lack of sufficient evidence that rights holder the LFP had acted improperly in doing the deal. Amazon secured the […]

Paramount+ launches in France with Canal+ and Orange

Paramount+ will launch in France tomorrow, integrated in pay TV platform Canal+’s new Ciné-Séries and Friends & Family packages and also available from Orange. The service will be available from connected TVs and streaming devices including thosefrom Apple, Amazon, Google, Roku and Samsung, priced at €7.99. Canal+ is the only player to offer Paramount+ as […]

Amazon reportedly interested in acquiring Salto

Amazon could be interested in acquiring troubled French streaming platform Salto, according to a report by specialist news site La Lettre A. According to the site, following an expression of interest by Canal+ in Salto, Amazon has let it be known to broadcaster TF1 and M6 that it is also interested in a potential acquisition. […]

Xavier Niel circles France’s DTT platform ahead of frequency renewals

Speculation is bubbling up in France around the possibility that telecom tycoon Xavier Niel, owner of ISP Free, may mount a bid to take over some of the digital-terrestrial TV frequencies currently occupied by TF1 and M6. The licences covering the frequencies are due to expire next March and media regulator ARCOM is currently holding […]

Salto on the brink as TF1 and M6 announce plans to pull out

After months of uncertainty, the future is looking bleak for French SVOD platform Salto. Over the weekend, several French newspapers reported that two of the platform’s three shareholders TF1 and M6 have decided to sell their stakes. The third shareholder, France Televisions, had already tried to pull out earlier this year. Salto never really captured […]

French reports suggest Canal+ is poised to acquire pay TV rival OCS

After a protracted period of courting, French media giant Canal+ is on the verge of acquiring the PayTV and film assets of leading telco Orange, according to reports in leading French newspaper Les Echos. According to the respected news outlet, employees of Orange divisions OCS and Orange Studio were advised yesterday that negotiations are accelerating […]

TF1 forges smart TV streaming partnership with Samsung

TF1 in France has unveiled a partnership with Samsung that will see its premium and ad-supported streaming content made available via Samsung smart TVs. At a time when connected TV is growing rapidly in France (with nearly 1 in 2 households now owning a Smart TV), TF1 said the agreement with Samsung Electronics France “is […]