France’s LFP kicks off Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 bidding for next five years

France’s Ligue Professionnel de Football (LFP) has opened bids for rights to the country’s top tier Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 competitions for the 2024-29 period, with LFP chief Vincent Labrune targeting €1 billion from a combination of domestic and international rights. The extension of contracts being bid for to five years marks a success […]

Canal+ and LFP chiefs in war of words ahead of Ligue 1 rights round

France’s Canal+ and Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) have become embroiled in a war of words over the LFP’s approaching auction of rights to top-tier French football. On June LFP president Vincent Labrune told sports paper LÉquipe that he had an ambition to reach the goal of €1 billion for the national and international rights […]

Canal+ forced to continue broadcasting Ligue 1 after losing beIN case

French pay TV broadcaster Canal+ will continue to have to air Ligue 1 football under the terms of a sub-licensing deal with beIN Sports after losing a court case against its partner. Under a ruling of the Versailles court of appeal last Thursday, Canal+ will be forced to honour its contract with beIN, which agreed […]

France’s SFR sets out packages with Amazon Ligue 1 offering

Amazon’s new French top-tier football offering is now available as part of a set of new sports packages from Altice France’s SFR. The presence of Amazon’s Pass Ligue 1 on SFR’s TV box enables the Altice-owned operator to claim to have the most complete football offering of France’s ISPs. SFR also carries RMC Sport and […]

Canal+ to appeal as court orders it to honour Ligue 1 contract

Canal+ has said it will contest a ruling by the Nanterre commercial court ordering it to honour its contract with beIN Sports to air two matches per weekend matchday of French top-tier football. The court yesterday said that the pay TV operator could not renege on its contract to air the matches under a sub-licensing […]

Amazon launches Le Pass Ligue 1, with Freebox deal

Amazon has launched its vehicle for French top-tier football. The service, called Le Pass Ligue 1, is available on the web and mobile via the Amazon Prime Video app and on the Freebox TV service thanks to a partnership with service provider Free. The service enables subscribers to watch up to eight matches per match-day […]

Canal+ secures win in legal battle with BeIN Sports

A French court has given French pay TV operator Canal+ a green light to decline to pay its onetime partner BeIN Sports for the Ligue 1 football matches it had previously agreed to sub-license from the Qatar-based broadcaster. The Nanterre commercial court hearing BeIN’s case against Canal+ over non-payment of the money due for the […]

BeIN Sports takes legal action against football partner Canal+

BeIN Sports in France is taking legal action against its partner Canal+ over the latter’s decision not to transmit the Ligue 1 football matches it previously agreed to sublicense from the Qatar-based broadcaster. Le Monde and AFP have reported that BeIN Sports has filed a suit with the Nanterre commercial court demanding payment of €332 […]

Amazon prices Ligue 1 at €12.99 per month

Amazon has revealed what French consumers can expect to pay to watch Ligue 1. In a deal which has sunk French football into chaos, Amazon picked up the mantle vacated by Mediapro earlier this year and will carry 80% of Ligue 1 matches for the next three seasons. Amazon was handed a cut-price €275 million […]

Canal+ secures Premier League, but trouble brewing on LFP front

Canal+ has secured exclusive rights to English Premier League football for a further three seasons. The renewal comes as the pay TV operator comes under pressure from the French government over its perceived refusal to honour a commitment to air Ligue 1 French football through a licensing agreement with beIN Sports. Canal+ will air 380 […]

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