France


TF1 extends partnership with Orange to cover targeted ads and premium ad-free on-demand

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has extended its partnership with Orange through two new agreements covering targeted advertising and enhanced digital services. The targeted advertising deal, which comes into force in January, will see the broadcaster’s advertising arm, TF1 PUB, offer its clients targeted advertising campaigns on its linear channel across Orange’s base of TV customers, […]

Salto strikes agreement with copyright societies

French streaming outfit Salto has struck a key agreement with copyright collecting societies the SACD and ADAGP to recompense authors of audiovisual works distributed on the platform. The copyright outfits said that the agreement took into account the non-linear use of works such as catch-up television and and video-on-demand, but also covered the distribution of […]

Molotov taps Unified Streaming for ad insertion

French OTT provider Molotov has extended its relationship with Unified Streaming, the specialist in smart video streaming technologies, to enable dynamic ad insertion across its VOD content. The companies began working together in 2015 when Molotov adopted Unified Streaming’s Origin service. This extension sees the addition of its Remix technology, a playlist-based system that allows […]

Canal+ to stay on digital-terrestrial in France

French pay TV operator Canal+ has secured agreement from media regulator the Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel (CSA) for the renewal of its presence on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform for the next three years. The CSA’s authorisation covers the period up to December 6 2023. The announcement, which came just ahead of the expiry of Canal+’s […]

France’s Hadopi counts cost of piracy: 12m users, €1bn loss of earnings

Close to 12 million French internet users consumed pirated content last year, representing a loss of earnings of €1.03 billion to rights holders, according to figures released by the Haute autorité pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur internet (Hadopi), the body set up over a decade ago to combat piracy. […]

Salto close to Bouygues Telecom deal

French Netflix rival Salto is on the verge of striking its first ISP distribution deal with Bouygues Telecom, according to financial daily Les Echos. The paper cited an unnamed source who said that securing carriage with ISPs, via whose boxes the majority of French consumers watch TV, was vital for Salto, which would struggle to […]

Thema launches +D’Afrique VOD offering on Orange

Thema, the Canal+ Group-owned specialist in the edition and distribution of multicultural pay TV offerings, has launched its SVOD package +D’Afrique on French TV operator Orange’s Le Bouquet Africain Max service. +D’Afrique, which was initially launched in April 2019 on the Freebox service provided by rival ISP Free, and then successively on SFR and Bouygyes […]

Salto passes 100,000 mark with wide base of users

French broadcaster-backed streaming service Salto has attracted around 100,000 subscribers in its first three weeks, according to a report by Le Figaro. However, the service, backed by pubcaster France Télévisions and commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6, is approaching the end of its first month, with free trial periods beginning to come to an end from […]

SFR launches voice-activated speaker targeting Box+TV customers

Altice France/SFR is launching a voice-activated connected speaker follow up from its SFR Box 8 launch and its Box+TV offer. The service provider has teamed up with tech outfits Devialet and Sagemcom, whose respective technologies also underpin a similar product recently launched by Vodafone España. The SFR hardware product will be available in two versions […]

French MMA broadcast ban lifted

France’s ban on the broadcast of mixed martial arts (MMA) events has been lifted. The French Mixed Martial Arts Federation (FMMAF) has confirmed that the regulator Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA) has agreed to lift the ban following years of disputes. MMA was banned in 2016, with the French government refusing to recognise the FMMAF […]