Eutelsat teams up with Orange in new satellite broadband project

Eutelsat has ordered a new very high-throughput Ka-band satellite to deliver high-speed broadband across Europe. Eutelsat has ordered the Konnect VHTS from Thales Alenia Space. The new craft is scheduled to go into orbit in 2021. The satellite will have a Ka-band capacity of 500Gbps and will include what Eutelsat describes as the most powerful […]

Owner denies Voo is for sale as Orange expresses interest

Belgian utility Nethys, the owner of Wallonia region cable operator Voo, has said that the company is not for sale after reports that mobile operator Orange wanted to buy it. Nethys’ administrative council said that it had taken note of Orange’s expression of interest in Voo, along with that of Telenet, but that it “unanimously […]

France Télévisions putting SVOD plan ‘on hold’ as it seeks partners

France Télévisions has put its plan to launch a subscription video-on-demand service on hold as it tries to strike an agreement with TF1, M6 and Orange to launch a French version of Hulu that would incorporate both free and paid-for content, according to a report by financial daily Les Echos. According to the paper, France […]

Orange and TF1 sign distribution deal as Canal+ resumes broadcasts

Orange and TF1 have signed a distribution deal following the pair’s spectacular falling out that saw the broadcaster initiate legal action to stop the telco from redistributing its signal. At the same time, Canal+, which unilaterally cut TF1’s signal after the pair failed to find agreement, is to resume transmission of the broadcaster’s services to […]

Service providers slam new EU e-privacy rules

A group of 50 European service providers, media groups and publishers have called for an urgent review of the EU’s proposed e-privacy regulation, arguing that it will give more power and advantage to global internet giants and penalise providers of advertising-dependent services in Europe as well as new market entrants. The group of media companies […]

Orange pay TV unit teams up with SACD to develop series

French pay TV service Orange Cinéma Séries (OCS) has teamed up with copyright collecting society SACD to launch a funding project to help develop scripts for mid-form series of 26 minutes in length for OCS’s Signature programme. OCS Signature has been responsible over the last six years for the development of a number of 26-minute […]

Canal+ drops TF1 channels as pair fail to strike deal

Canal+ has ceased broadcasting TF1’s channels and digital services after failing to strike a deal with the commercial broadcaster. Canal+ has also filed a legal complaint with the Paris commercial court, challenging the legality of the broadcaster’s demands. The pay TV group has already pulled TF1’s signals from its Canalsat service and MyCanal web offering. […]

Euskaltel begins marketing services in Navarre

Spanish regional cable operator Euskaltel has made its first entry into the Navarre region through its partnership with Orange, opening its first sales outlet in the town of Ansoain. Euskaltel said it would begin marketing its services in the regional capital of Pamplona next. The cable operator has also struck a three-year sponsorship deal with […]

Richard: Orange will not take part in future French consolidation

Orange will not participate in any future consolidation of the French multi-play telco business, according to CEO Stéphane Richard, despite ongoing speculation about the future of Altice France/SFR. Speaking to analysts after the company posted strong full-year results, Richard said that Orange would not play a role in any future combination except “to facilitate it” […]

Orange renews Richard’s mandate as it posts solid growth

Orange has renewed CEO Stéphane Richard’s mandate as a board member ahead of granting him a new four-year term as the company’s chairman. The board said it was “convinced by the solid results” achieved by Richard during his eight years at the helm of the telco, during which time he had “succeeded in restoring a […]

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