Ligue 1


Canal+ in stand-off with French football league as payment falls due

French pay TV operator Canal+ and the country’s Ligue de Football Professionel (LFP) are in a stand-off after the pay TV service provider refused to release the next instalment of payment due for the rights to air Ligue 1 football matches, according to French sports paper L’Équipe. According to the paper, Canal+ CEO Maxime Saada […]

Lyon president suggests LFP sues beIN over international rights

The owner of Ligue 1 club Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon) has reportedly suggested that the French Football League (LFP) take legal action against beIN Media Group over its valuation of the league’s international rights.  According to L’Équipe, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas proposed the idea at a league meeting, with the clubs believed to be unhappy with […]

MediaPro waiting Ligue 1 channel approval

Spanish agency Mediapro is still awaiting formal approval to launch its new Ligue 1 pay-TV network in France. The €25-per month channel is scheduled to launch on July 25, and was a central part of Mediapro’s shocking €1.15 billion rights grab to the 2021-24 seasons. With the launch approaching, Mediapro has submitted its plans to […]

Mediapro secures legal win against RFEF over Copa del Rey

Spanish producer and broadcaster Mediapro has secured a legal victory in its domestic market over its exclusion from bidding for rights to the final of the football Copa del Rey final by Spanish football’s governing body, the Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF). The Audiencia Provincial de Madrid has rejected an appeal by the RFEF against […]

France’s LFP launches MyLigue OTT service

The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP), France’s professional football league, has launched its own streaming platform. The service, called MyLigue, will sit within http://www.ligue1conforama.fr and www.dominosligue2.fr – the two new websites of France’s top two tiers of professional football. MyLigue will show match and goal highlights from every match day, and feature exclusive video content […]

LFP expresses confidence as Mediapro seeks distribution deals for Ligue 1 channel

France’s professional football league, the LFP, has expressed confidence in the plans of Mediapro, which last year acquired the bulk of Ligue 1 rights for the 2020-24 seasons, after the Spanish broadcaster and producer’s co-founder Jaume Roures outlined his plans for a new football channel at the LFP’s general meeting. Amid scepticism in some quarters […]

Mediapro ramps up French campaign with second division rights

Spanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro has ramped up its effort to carve out a significant slice of the French premium subscription video market by acquiring rights to second division football in the country. Mediapro has been awarded the main package of second division rights by the French professional football league, the LFP, giving the Catalan […]

Mediapro: no plans to sub-license Ligue 1 rights

Spanish broadcaster Mediapro wants to exploit its rights to French Ligue 1 football on its own and has no plans to sub-licence anything to Canal+, according to Mediapro boss Jaume Roures. Roures told French newspaper Le Figaro that selling a part of the rights to Canal+ would “impoverish” the offering of its own channel and […]

Ligue 1 chief ‘not worried’ by Mediapro’s Italian woes

Didier Quillot, the director-general of the French professional football league, has said he is “not worried” by Mediapro’s loss of Serie A football rights in Italy and has said that the respective situations in Italy and France are “not comparable”. Speaking to on the edges of the league’s general assembly last Friday. Quillot said that […]

Mediapro outlines plans in wake of French football coup

Folllowing its surprise win of rights to top-tier French football earlier this week, Spanish broadcaster Mediapro has outlined plans to launch a dedicated football channel and has stated that it is open to striking deals with third-party operators, including current rightsholder Canal+. The French professional football league (LFP) secured a record €1.15 billion per season […]