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Altice France ‘unlikely’ to bid for Ligue 1 rights

Altice France/SFR is unlikely to participate in the forthcoming auction for French Ligue 1 football rights, according to CEO Alain Weill. Weill, interviewed by the Journal du Dimanche, said that RMC Sport, the group’s new sports offering, worked “very well” without the French championship, however important it is. The sports service holds the rights to […]

Altice France completes NextRadioTV acquisition

Altice France has completed the acquisition of NextRadioTV following approval of the deal by French media regulator the CSA. Altice, which had previously acquired a 49% stake in NextRadioTV in 2015, is now 100% owner of the group, which was founded by the current Altice France CEO Alain Weill. The acquisition brings together cable and […]

Bouygues plays down speculation on report of possible Altice France move

French construction-to-telecoms conglomerate Bouygues has played down a press report that it in talks to acquire Altice France/SFR in a move that would reduce the number of major telecom operators in France from four to three. Bloomberg reported that Bouygues was considering a bid for Altice’s French unit with other investors, citing unnamed sources. According […]

Altice France unveils initiatives for growth, renames SFR Sport

Altice France/SFR CEO Alain Weill has promised a return to growth for the beleaguered French operator. Weill has also renamed the operator’s SFR Sport offering as RMC Sport to aid it in finding new distribution agreements outside the parent organization. The operator also plans to develop its OTT TV offering. Weill told journalists in Paris […]

Altice sees operational improvements, but French unit still lagging

Despite flat year-on-year revenues, Altice Europe is “already starting to see the benefits of intensifying operational focus to improve customer service and drive better subscriber figures”, the company said in its full-year 2017 results statement. Altice said it expected “further significant progress” from this quarter as it attempts to turn its fortunes around by disposing […]

Altice’s NextRadioTV joins retransmission fee battle

Altice-owned broadcast outfit NextRadioTV is planning to follow in the footsteps of commercial broadcaster TF1 and demand payment from service providers for the carriage of its TV channels, starting with Free. Maxime Lombardini, CEO of Free’s parent Iliad Telecom, said that the company had received a letter “that resembles the one we received from TF1” […]

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 […]

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. […]

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” […]

M6 strikes carriage deal with Bouygues Telecom

French commercial broadcaster M6 Group has struck a distribution agreement with Bouygues Telecom, adding to its recent deals with Altice-SFR and Canal+. M6 said its deal with Bouygues Telecom provided for the carriage of its channels and non-linear services. The deal will also enable Bouygues Telecom TV subscribers to access extended catch-up TV windows for […]