French broadcasters combine forces in major OTT TV plan

French commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 Group and public broadcaster France Televisions have teamed up to launch a joint national OTT TV platform, Salto. The trio plan to launch a joint offering with a variety of programming genres including news and debate, magazine programmes, special events, sports, entertainment and French homegrown drama as well as […]

Free signs up for TF1 4K ahead of World Cup

French broadcaster TF1 will make 28 matches from the FIFA World Cup in Russia available in 4K UHD on a new TF1 4K channel via Iliad Telecom/Free’s Freebox Mini 4K, according to the service provider. TF1’s agreement to distribute the 4K channel on Free follows similar deals with Altice France and Bouygues Telecom. Orange, with […]

TF1 management shuffle puts emphasis on digital and innovation

French broadcaster TF1 has announced a series of management appointments, including giving Christine Bellin, director of strategy, development and transformation, overall control of the group’s digital and innovation activities. These encompass direct-to-consumer activities such as MyTF1,, TfouMax and MYTF1VOD, along with advertising technology, data and digital marketing, and innovation related to startups, and TF1’s […]

TF1 completes Aufeminin acquisition

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has completed the acquisition of female lifestyle digital media provider Aufeminin Group from Axel Springer and named Olivier Abecassis as CEO of the unit. Following regulatory approval, TF1 has completed the purchase of a 78.07% majority stake in the group from Axel Springer at a price of €39.47 a share and […]

TF1 secures carriage deal with Free

France’s TF1 Group has put the final piece in place to secure universal fixed-line IPTV distribution after striking a deal with Iliad Telecom/Free. As with previous deals, TF1 said the agreement with Free covered both its linear channels and associated non-linear services, with Free subscribers set to benefit from “innovative functionality” from new services. The […]

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 […]