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Free to acquire Poland’s Play for €2.2bn

French service provider Free/Iliad Telecom has launched a public offer for Polish mobile operator Play, potentially enabling it to launch in a third major European market after France and Italy. Free is aiming to secure control of Play and has struck an agreement in principal to take over the 40% controlling stake held by the […]

Free records strongest fixed-line growth in seven years

French service provider Free appears to have weathered the COVID-19 storm well, becoming the leading recruiter of new fixed-network subscribers for the first time in seven years in its second quarter numbers. The operator added 65,000 fixed broadband customers, taking its total to 6.572 million. Free said that its success in fixed had subsequently been […]

Mediapro strikes deal with Free for Téléfoot

Spanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro has secured carriage for its French premium sports channel Téléfoot with Free. The agreement means that the service, which holds the rights to the lion’s share of Ligue 1 and 2 matches for the next four season, now has distribution deals in place with three of the country’s four major […]

Thema launches revamped Turkish bouquet and premium VOD in France with Free

Canal+-owned distributor Thema has launched two new Turkish offers in France with service provider Free. Le Bouquet Türk and Le Bouquet Türk+ with Bosphore VOD will appear on the Freebox service. The existing Le Pack Türk TV will become Le Bouquet Türk, comprising 17 channels such as TV8 International, Kanal7 Avrupa, Kanal D Drama, Show […]

Mediapro unveils Téléfoot as Free launches football highlights app

Mediapro’s new French football offering, Téléfoot, is set to go live on Monday with three distinct offers and three distribution deals in place – with SFR, Bouygues Telecom and Apple – to help it achieve its goal of 3.5 million paying subscribers to achieve profitability. Mediapro yesterday unveiled its offering and presenter line-up Meanwhile, Free, […]

Free launches new box as SFR adds Amazon Alexa

French service provider Free has launched the latest variant on its line-up of TV boxes, Freebox Pop, and has revamped its service line-up to “simplify” its overall proposition, while rival SFR has added Amazon Alexa voice control to the SFR Box 8 it launched a year ago. The launch of Freebox Pop means that new […]

Free first with new French business channel B Smart

B Smart, the new French business channel backed by Czech billionaire Daniel Kretínský – recently in the news for his investment in German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 ­– and ex-BFM Business journalist Stéphane Soumier, has struck an agreement for carriage of French service provider Free’s TV service. B Smart, a channel dedicated to entrepreneurship, the economy […]

Thema launches new Arabic VOD offering on Free

Canal+-owned international channel distributor Thema has launched a new Arabic-language video-on-demand package as part of the Le Bouquet Maghreb+ offering it provides on Free’s TV service in France. Maghreb VODis, available at no extra cost to subscribers of Le Bouquet Maghreb+, which costs €7.99 a month. Thema has launched the new VOD service to coincide […]

Free, Virgin Media and BeIN Sports unveil new coronavirus offers

French service provider Free, the UK’s Virgin Media and MENA pay TV operator BeIN Sports are among the latest pay TV operators to make free and added-value offerings available as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. Free has extended an offering of free-to-view kids channels until the end of April and has extended and has […]

Free bounces back as Niel takes hands-on role

French service provider Iliad Telecom/Free’s full-year numbers for 2019 saw it bounce back in revenue terms with a return to growth. Founder and leading shareholder Xavier Niel is meanwhile to resume an active management role within the company as president of its administrative board. Free grew its domestic French revenues by 3% to end the […]

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