Iliad’s Niel promises new Freebox as competition bites

Iliad Telecom/Free founder Xavier Niel has promised to bring forward the launch of a new multi-play box to help boost the company’s performance in the fixed market. Speaking to analysts after the company posted strong first half results, boosted by ongoing growth in mobile, Niel was reported by Reuters to have said that the quality […]

Free launches first 4K TV channel Festival 4K

French service provider Free has staked its claim to be the first in the country to launch a 4K TV channel, Festival 4K, which will be included in its Freebox basic TV offering. The launch of the 100% native 4K channel follows the launch of Free’s 4K box in March this year. Festival 4K will […]

Fox International Channels extends presence in France and Ireland

Fox International Channels has extended its presence in France and Ireland with launches on the Freebox platform in France and UPC Ireland’s cable network.  In France, Fox has launched National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild and Voyage on Iliad Telecom’s Free platform. “These three new prestigious channels available for all our TV subscribers are strengthening […]

New version of Freebox

French ISP Free has launched a new version of its Freebox to replace the legacy HD V5 box. The new design, dubbed Crystal by Free, comprises a gateway/router and separate TV decoder, similar to the more advanced Freebox Révolution. The white, slightly translucid dual-box system comes with cabling, two ‘Freeplugs’ and a redesigned remote control, […]

Walt Disney strikes download deals for France

The Walt Disney Company is to make a raft of its hit US series available for download in France one day after their US premiere. This comes as the international distribution arm of the Hollywood studio has struck a deal with a raft of platforms to make shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, Body of Proof, […]