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Ernotte: direct relationship with viewers an ‘existential issue’ for pubcaster

France’s new audiovisual law does not go far enough to enable public service media to withstand the onslaught of competition from global tech and media giants, and the need for a direct relationship with viewers is an “existential issue” for France Télévisions, according to the pubcaster’s director-general, Delphine Ernotte. Addressing the French National Assembly’s cultural […]

Free to offer bundled Amazon Prime in France

Amazon has signed a distribution agreement with French operator Free. The deal will see the full Amazon Prime package – which includes Prime Video, Prime Music, Twitch Prime and free delivery from Amazon.fr – included in the Freebox Delta plan at no additional cost to subscribers. Amazon Prime typically costs €5.99 per month, or €49 […]

French service providers ‘open to Salto’

French service providers have indicated their willingness to add forthcoming streaming service Salto to their offerings, although no deals have yet been signed. Speaking at the Médias en Seine event, Altice Europe CEO Alain Weill said that it was “logical” that his group would sign a deal to bring Salto to its users base, having […]

M6 digital chief to head up streaming service Salto

TF1 CEO Gilles Péllisson is to take the role of president of the board of Salto for two years, while operational management of the streaming outfit will be led by Thomas Follin, until now a member of the executive committee of M6. Follin, 42, took up his post on Monday. He will be tasked with […]

Salto ‘will not be on ISP boxes’, says M6 chief

Salto, the streaming JV between French broadcasters France Télévisions, TF1 and M6 will not appear on the IPTV boxes that dominate TV distribution in the country, at least initially, according to M6 CEO Nicolas de Tavernost. Delivering an address at the Rencontres de UDECAM event organised by the media agencies organisation of that name, De […]

Salto, the ‘French Netflix’, gets green light but with conditions

Salto, the French video-on-demand JV between the country’s main terrestrial broadcasters, has secured a green light from the country’s competition watchdog but with major conditions attached. Salto, which is now scheduled to launch in the first quarter of next year, will include the linear DTT channels and catch-up services along with a SVOD service. The […]

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 […]

French broadcasters making concessions to secure Salto green light

The major French broadcasters involved in the Salto subscription video-on-demand project have proposed significant concessions in a bid to secure a green light from the country’s competition watchdog, according to a report by financial daily Les Echos. The paper says it has seen a confidential document that details some 20 commitments made to the Autorité […]

Long-delayed Salto reaches French competition watchdog

After months of delay, French subscription video-on-demand joint venture Salto is finally in the hands of the country’s competition watchdog, the Autorité de la Concurrence. The regulator has until July 19 to reach a decision on the project, a JV between public broadcaster France Télévisions and commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 that is designed to […]

France Télévisions chief slams Salto delays as Netflix gains subscribers

France Télévisions director-general Delphine Ernotte used an appearance at the Series Mania event in Lille yesterday to express her frustration at regulatory delays that have prevented France’s main broadcasters from making progress with their joint streaming project. Ernotte was speaking after the European Commission, which had been examining the Salto project, the SVOD JV between […]