Salto


Salto begins test phase ahead of autumn launch

Salto, the French commercial and public broadcasters’ answer to Netflix, has begun closed user-group tests ahead of a delayed commercial launch in the autumn. Salto CEO Thomas Follin told the AFP news agency that the streaming service was on the “starting blocks” for an autumn launch. Salto, which has been subject to lengthy delays while […]

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, […]

‘French Netflix’ Salto launch likely to be delayed till autumn

The full launch of ‘French Netflix’ Salto could be delayed until the autumn, but a soft-launch of the service – a JV between France Télévisions, TF1 and M6 Group – is still on the cards for June 3, as initially planned. A spokesman for Salto told French press that the impact of the coronavirus crisis […]

RTL Group to buy 50% of M6’s Bedrock streaming platform

RTL Group has agreed to acquire a 50% stake in Groupe M6’s tech business, Bedrock. A joint statement from RTL and M6 said that they “aim to create a European leader in streaming technology.” Bedrock first started life in 2008, with Groupe M6 saying that it has been “anticipating the need for and significance of” […]

Salto chief unveils launch plan for streaming service

Salto, the long-delayed French streaming offering from broadcasters France Télévisions, TF1 and M6, is to launch on June 3, according to CEO Thomas Follin. Follin told French newspaper Le Figaro that the SVOD offering would launch in test mode, enabling consumers to connect to the service. The streamer will then launch a full promotion in […]

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 […]

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