TF1 takes 100% control of Newen, names new CEO

French commercial broadcaster TF1 Group is acquiring the 30% in production outfit Newen Studios that it does not already own, giving it 100% control of the company. The acquisition will see deputy CEO and content chief Bibiane Godfroid take over as CEO of the group and Romain Bessi will become deputy CEO. Before joining Newen, […]

M6 breaks new ground in distribution deal with Free

French broadcaster M6 Group has struck a distribution agreement with IPTV operator Free/Iliad Telecom to secure distribution of its channels and associated services on the Free platform. The agreement covers the main M6 channel along with digital channels W9, 6ter, Paris Première, téva, M6 Music et Girondins TV and associated non-linear services. M6 will also […]

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 […]

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” […]

Canal+ softens on payment for TF1 enhanced TV services

Canal+ has confirmed that it is “progressively” renewing the distribution of TF1’s free-to-air channels. The pay TV outfit said it had taken the decision “having confirmed that the distribution of free channels will stay free, and that only complementary services [such as catch-up and startover TV] can be pay”. Canal+ said that it would re-commence […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

TF1 chief remains optimistic on Orange resolution

TF1 chief Gilles Pélisson has reiterated that he is hopeful of striking a deal with Orange over carriage terms soon, but has not backtracked on his call for retransmission fees from the operator. Speaking to the Journal du Dimanche, Pélission said that the broadcaster was justified in asking for a small part of its investment […]

Pélisson hopeful of Orange deal as TF1 posts strong results

TF1 is “hopeful” that it can strike a deal for the carriage of its channels on Orange, despite the falling out between the pair that saw the commercial broadcaster take legal action to prevent Orange from retransmitting its services, according to CEO Gilles Pélission. In remarks accompanying his presentation of TF1’s solid full-year results, Pélisson […]

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