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 […]

Iliad Group posts strong customer growth

France’s Iliad Group has posted strong Q3 results, with solid subscriber growth in its home market and in Poland in particular. In France, where it operates under the Free brand the group added 78,000 net new subs to its fixed-line bsu9iness and 184,000 net new mobile customers. In Poland, the acquisition of cable operator UPC […]

Shareholders gear up for meeting to discuss next steps for French SVOD Salto

The next few weeks should provide some guidance on the future for French SVOD platform Salto, with reports that shareholders, TF1, M6 and France Televisions are set to discuss their respective positions at a watershed meeting this month. Although a date has yet to be set, the meeting will need to address the best path […]

TF1 and Canal+ resolve two-month channel carriage dispute

After a protracted dispute, including two trips to the law courts, French media heavyweights TF1 and Canal+ have “reached an agreement that renews the long-term distribution of all of the TF1 group’s DTT channels and their catch-up services.” In September 2022, Canal+ axed a series of TF1 services in a dispute over carriage fees. TF1 […]

FuboTV reports increased revenues, hails aggregration model

Sports-first streaming platform FuboTV has unveiled increased revenues and subscribers for Q3, 2022. In North America, the company saw a 40% year-on-year increase to US$219.2m, with subs now at 1.23m (up 31%). Internationally, the company delivered US$5.8 million in revenue and 358,000 total paid subscribers. ROW includes Molotov, the French live TV streaming service acquired […]

New leadership structure for Canal+ France as Cadoret leaves

Canal+ Group deputy CEO and Canal+ France boss Frank Cadoret is to leave the group on November 1, with the pay TV outfit submitting a new organisational structure for consultation. Canal+ plans to implement a new structure that will see Christophe Pinard-legry named as CEO of Canal+ France in charge of the overall business, while […]

French broadcaster TF1 buoyed up by performance of Newen

TF1 revenues for the first nine months of 2022 hit €1.74bn, up 5.4% year on year. While ad revenue dipped by 1.6%, the headline figure was buoyed up by the strong performance of TF1’s content studio Newen, which posted an 86.6% rise. TF1 audiences in Q3 were impacted by a carriage dispute with Canal+, but […]

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