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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” […]

Canal+ loses Ligue 1 football to Mediapro in major upset

In a major blow to pay TV leader Canal+ Spanish broadcasters and producer Mediapro has secured the bulk of the rights to French Ligue 1 football for the 2020-24 period. The results of the auction of rights by French professional football league, the LFP, came as a surprise to observers. The LFP secured a record […]

New management for Iliad Telecom/Free as fixed base dips

French service provider Iliad Telecom/Free has named chief financial officer Thomas Reynaud as its new CEO, replacing Maxime Lombardini, who is stepping aside to take over as president of the group’s administrative board – in effect, chairman. Lombardini replaces Cyril Poidatz, who becomes secretary-general of the group. Reynaud’s appointment as CEO has been accompanied by […]

TF1 secures carriage deal with Free

France’s TF1 Group has put the final piece in place to secure universal fixed-line IPTV distribution after striking a deal with Iliad Telecom/Free. As with previous deals, TF1 said the agreement with Free covered both its linear channels and associated non-linear services, with Free subscribers set to benefit from “innovative functionality” from new services. The […]

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