Molotov reportedly looking for buyer

French OTT TV service Molotov is looking for a buyer, according to local reports, with Orange potentially in the frame to step in. According to business news service BFMTV, citing unnamed sources, Orange and other telcos are circling Molotov for a potential bid, following the failure of talks between the OTT service and the trio […]

Médiamétrie adds Molotov to multi-screen measurement

France’s audience measurement organisation, Médiamétrie, has included digital service Molotov into its ‘four screen TV’ ratings. From this month Médiamétrie will measure the 14 channels that Molotov delivers over-the-top across all screens. This will include networks from TF1 Group, France Télévisions and M6Group. They will be included in the ‘Focus Emission’ four-screen service that measures […]

Molotov passes one million milestone

France-based OTT TV service Molotov has passed the milestone of one million, according to Jean-Marc Denoual, the outfit’s chief operating officer and co-founder. Molotov, which launched in France a year ago, is currently available free of charge. “Our strategy is to start the subscription model in the second half of this year,” said Denoual, speaking […]

Molotov and Arte team up on Hellfest channel

French over-the-top service Molotov has teamed up with public broadcaster Arte to stream coverage of heavy metal festival, Hellfest. The ‘Arte Concert – Hellfest’ channel will broadcast more than 30 sets from the festival, which runs from June 16 -18 and will be headlined by Deep Purple, Aerosmith and Linkin Park. Molotov subscribers will be […]

Molotov agrees DRM deal with castLabs

French live and catch-up TV streaming service, Molotov, has agreed a digital rights management (DRM) deal with castLabs. Molotov has selected castLabs’ multi-DRM solution, which delivers FairPlay Streaming by Apple, Microsoft PlayReady, Google Widevine and licensing through a single integration. “castLabs’ DRMtoday provides a simply managed, secure multi-screen DRM solution for both live streaming and […]

Molotov passes one million users

French live and catch-up TV steaming service, Molotov, has passed the one million user mark, six months after its launch. The OTT TV service said the average age of its users is around 35 years old, while the average audience age on TV is 51 years old. Molotov first launched on Apple platforms before arriving on […]

Molotov looking to expand into new European markets

Molotov, the French streaming service founded by Canal+ founder Pierre Lescure and other Gallic TV veterans, plans to launch in new European territories, and ultimately, in the international market. Molotov, which counts UK pay TV operator Sky among its backers, will expand beyond France in the next twelve months, co-founder Jean-Marc Denoual told DTVE sister title […]

TDF takes minority stake in Molotov

French digital-terrestrial transmission services provider TDF has taken a minority stake in OTT TV operator Molotov as part of a wider strategic partnership between the pair to create a hybrid TV offering combining Molotov’s OTT delivery with DTT. TDF said it sees Molotov’s platform as a way to provide a more comprehensive TV experience to […]

Sky invests €4m in French OTT service Molotov

Sky has invested €4 million in French over-the-top video platform Molotov, which launched publicly in France in July. Announcing its investment on Friday, Sky said that the funding was part of a larger Molotov financing round and is the latest in a series of Sky investments in start-up companies. The ‘freemium’ Molotov service was unveiled […]

Molotov goes live across France

French over-the-top service Molotov has launched publicly across the country on a freemium basis, a year after it was first unveiled.     The cross-platform TV service lets users watch 33 channels, including 25 French digital terrestrial TV channels, and access 10 hours of ‘bookmarked’ content for free. A €3.99 per-month option offers 100 hours […]