TF1 to sell advertising for Al Jazeera sports channels

Al Jazeera has chosen commercial broadcaster TF1 to sell advertising for its new French sports channels. TF1 won the contract to sell ads on the Be In Sport 1 and 2 channels after a competitive bidding process that included Lagardère and France Télévisions. The channels are expected to launch at the beginning of June ahead […]

UEFA decides on French media rights for Euro 2012 and 2016

UEFA has granted French media rights to the Euro 2012 and 2016 tournaments to TF1, M6 and beIN Sport. TF1 and M6 will share the free-to-air coverage of 19 live matches for the 2012 tournament and 22 live matches in 2016. These matches will include the opening match, all French national team matches, knock-out stage […]

TF1 revenues remain stable

TF1 said it expects revenues will remain flat this year, despite economic uncertainties. The Bouygues-owned French broadcaster posted revenues of €2.6 billion for 2011, the same amount as a year earlier. Revenue from the Broadcasting France division totalled €2.1 billion, up 1.2% due to strong performances from TF1 Entreprises, e-TF1 and the Production business. Revenue […]

TFI to release Fox’s Alcatraz day after the US

Leading French commercial broadcaster TF1 is making JJ Abrams’ latest scripted series Alcatraz available a day after it is aired in the US. The show, which bowed on the Fox network on Monday with solid ratings, is available with subtitles as part of TF1’s premium video-on-demand offering of US series. Customers wanting to watch the […]

CSA receives 31 DTT proposals, Canal Plus pulls out

French media regulator the CSA has received 31 proposals to launch services on six new HD digital-terrestrial channels to be allocated this year. However, pay TV operator Canal Plus is not amongst the applicants. Commercial broadcaster TF1 has proposed the launch of a domestic fiction-focused channel code-named HD1, shopping channel Tendances 24 and female-skewed lifestyle […]

French DTT candidates to submit proposals tomorrow

Candidates have until tomorrow to submit proposals for six new HD digital-terrestrial TV frequencies on offer in France. According to financial daily Les Echos, commercial broadcaster TF1 plans to submit a proposal to obtain a slot for its lifestyle channel Stylia, rather than TV Breizh, as previously expected. TF1 will also submit proposals for a […]

LCI wins IPTV carriage deals

TF1-owned news and information channel LCI has agreed carriage deals with IPTV providers Bouygues Telecom, Orange and SFR, enlarging its distribution and potential advertising revenues. The deals follow the expiry of LCI’s exclusive contract with CanalSat at the end of December. LCI last year struck a new, non-exclusive deal with CanalSat by which the latter […]

TF1 re-enters pay TV world with Lib’Télé

French broadcaster TF1 is set to re-enter the pay TV world five years after the merger of TPS with Canal Plus. The commercial broadcaster is launching a pre-paid offering on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform. TF1 has teamed up with electronics retailer Boulanger to launch the pre-paid card, which will give access to news channel LCI […]

TF1, M6 decline to play ball on Euro 2012 rights

French commercial channels TF1 and M6 have declined to make a new, higher offer for the rights to the UEFA Euro 2012 football tournament following news that Al Jazeera had placed a €130 million bid, according to French press reports. Despite requests from UEFA to re-evaluate their offer, the two broadcasters have categorically refused, according […]

Bouygues Telecom and Orange strike deal for TF1 channels

French service provider Bouygues Telecom and Orange/France Telecom have struck deals with French commercial broadcaster TF1 Group that will see a raft of six TF1 channels added to their pay TV platforms. The move will see channels including Ushuaïa TV, Histoire, TV Breizh, LCI, Eurosport and Eurosport 2 made available across Orange’s ADSL, fiber and […]