France’s Molotov launches B2B solutions arm for OTT providers

French OTT TV service provider Molotov is branching out to offer its technology to third parties as a solutions provider. The company describes Molotov Solutions  as a range of services for media, content owners, and telco operators, which leverages the streaming outfit’s heritage, know-how and of the OTT environment. Molotov has appointed François Le Pichon, […]

French watchdog rejects Molotov complaint against broadcasters

The French competition watchdog, the Autorité de la Concurrence, has rejected a complaint by OTT TV provider Molotov that commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 colluded to freeze the platform out as a distributor of their channels in favour of Salto, the planned joint streaming venture between them and public broadcaster France Télévisions. According to Molotov, […]

Molotov launches kids edutainment offering

French OTT TV platform Molotov has launched a new kids educational service to meet the needs of home-bound children during the coronavirus lockdown. Molotov pour l’Ecole, with 1,000 different courses will be free of charge until the end of the lockdown in France, currently scheduled for May 15. Content includes programmes organised by school grade […]

Gaming channel Gametoon added to Molotov

French streamer Molotov has signed a distribution deal with SPI/FilmBox to add gaming and esports channel Gametoon to the platform. The channel features hundreds of hours of gaming and esports content and will be offered as a part of the Gamer Zone package. The channel bundle is available to users for €1.99 per month and […]

Molotov hits 10 million subs as French SVOD and catch-up viewing grows

French OTT streamer Molotov has announced it has hit the major milestone of 10 million users.  Molotov, which was launched in 2016 by AlloCiné founder Jean-David Blanc and Canal+ co-founder Pierre Lescure in 2016 and subsequently received funding from Sky, said that the service saw a 63% increase in time spent on the platform and […]

Free signals strong opposition to Salto streaming plan

homepInternet service provider Free has communicated its vehement opposition to parts of the French broadcasters’ plans for streaming platform Salto to the competition watchdog currently assessing the project, according to a report by Le Monde. According to the paper, Free has sent a letter to the Autorité de la Concurrence outlining its concerns about plans […]

Xavier Niel reportedly looking at investment in Molotov as Altice stumbles

Free founder Xavier Niel may step into the breach if French OTT TV player Molotov’s investors block the company’s planned sale to Altice France, according to local reports. According to L’Opinion, citing unnamed sources, Niel, a long-time acquaintance of Molotov co-founder Jean-David Blanc, is prepared to take part in a new capital increase via his […]

RMC Sport debuts on Molotov

In a sign of the growing rapprochement between the pair, Altice France’s premium sports channels are to be distributed by OTT TV platform Molotov. Altice’s five RMC Sports channels will be made available to Molotov’s estimated seven million users for €18.99 a month without an ongoing contract, enabling Molotov viewers to tune in to UEFA […]

Altice taking majority control of Molotov to create ‘Spotify of television’

Altice France is to take a majority stake in linear OTT TV operator Molotov. The pair have entered into exclusive negotiations, with Altice promising to give Molotov the means to become a major OTT TV actor in France and internationally, and a vehicle for the distribution of French and international content globally. Under Altice’s plan, […]

Molotov reportedly facing likely sale after failing to raise funds

French OTT linear TV service Molotov has failed to raise new funding and its shareholders are likely to be forced to give up control of the operation to one of a number of potential buyers including France Télévisions, according to financial daily Les Echos. According to the paper, Molotov has failed to achieve CEO and […]