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Xavier Niel reportedly looking at investment in Molotov as Altice stumbles

Free founder Xavier Niel may step into the breach if French OTT TV player Molotov’s investors block the company’s planned sale to Altice France, according to local reports. According to L’Opinion, citing unnamed sources, Niel, a long-time acquaintance of Molotov co-founder Jean-David Blanc, is prepared to take part in a new capital increase via his […]

Free sees modest bounce back

French service provider Free experienced a modest bounce back in the first quarter, with 150,000 new fibre customers, a solid result in Italy and a 7.7% lift in revenues. Free posted revenues of €1.293 billion, up 7.7%, with services revenue up 6.6% to €1.22 billion and a 30.4% increase in equipment sales to €73 million. Services […]

Altice France battles it out with Free in channel dispute

Altice France and telecom operator Free continue to be engaged in a stand-off over the retransmission of Altice’s free-to-air TV services on the Freebox platform. Altice has been seeking retransmission fees for the distribution of its channels on the model of commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6. Altice France CEO Alain Weill, as reported by Le […]

Altice France and Free in stand-off over channels

Altice France and Iliad Telecom/Free are engaged in a stand-off over the carriage of the former’s channels by the latter. Altice France said it was pulling its TV channels from Free’s TV platform after the pair failed to strike acceptable carriage terms, despite the intercession of media regulator the CSA as arbitrator. “Despite our position […]

Altice accepts CSA mediation in Free dispute

Altice France has accepted mediation from audiovisual media regulator the CSA in its dispute with service provider Free over carriage terms for its TV channels, ending for now the threat that they could be removed from the Freebox service. Altice said in a tweet that it had noted that Free was no longer rejecting in […]

Free digests fixed-line losses after tough year

French service provider Free lost 32,000 fixed-line subscribers in the fourth quarter, an acceleration of the rate of loss that has impacted it over the course of the year as a whole. The operator had 6.427 million broadband customers at the end of the year, down from 6.52 million a year earlier. Free’s fibre-to-the-home base […]

Freebox Delta passes 100k customer milestone

French service provider Free has passed the 100,000 subscriber milestone for its recently launched high-end Freebox Delta box. The company said signing up new customers in such numbers for the device represented a considerable success in a market where the average entry price for entry devices began at less than €10 a month. It said […]

Altice France and Free in battle over TV carriage terms

Altice France and Iliad Telecom/Free are engaged in a battle of wills over carriage terms for the former’s NextRadioTV channels that could see the services disappear from the Free platform from March 20. Altice has threatened to pull its channels – BFMTV, RMC Découverte, RMC Story and BFM Business – from the Freebox if an […]

Free unveils next-generation box with Netflix at no extra cost

French service provider Iliad Telecom/Free has unveiled its long-awaited next-generation box, the Freebox Delta, alongside a lower-cost device, the Freebox One. Freebox Delta will be available to Free subscribers for a premium price of €49.99 a month, while Freebox One will be available for €29.99 for the first year for the first 100,000 subscribers. Freebox […]

Free holds back on box as subscriber losses continue

French service provider Iliad Telecom/Free has held back on unveiling its much-hyped new TV and internet box as the company reported significant subscriber losses and reduced fixed and mobile revenues in its core French market. Iliad Telecom CEO Thomas Reynaud told Reuters that the new box would be “at the foot of the Christmas tree” […]

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