Canal+ gains freedom to strike exclusive deals

France’s competition watchdog has removed the majority of restrictions placed on pay TV operator Canal+ originally imposed to greenlight its merger with TPS, freeing the operator up to strike exclusive premium channel deals with the likes of BeIN Sports as well as to retain exclusivity of series that it pre-finances. Citing the changing conditions of […]

French competition watchdog consults on Canal+ restrictions

France’s competition watchdog has launched a public consultation on whether restrictions placed on Canal+ four years ago in relation to its merger with TPS and acquisition of free-to-air channels D8 and D17 should be lifted, adapted or renewed for another five years. Reviewing the TPS merger in 2012, the Autorité de la Concurrence placed a […]

French competition watchdog will not split up Canal Plus

France’s competition watchdog has confirmed that it will not force a separation of Canal Plus’ content and distribution arms as a condition for the reauthorisation of its merger with TPS. Bruno Lasserre, president of the competition authority, said at a press conference yesterday that the regulator would not force Canal Plus to split its channels […]

France starts in-depth investigation into TPS/CanalSatellite merger

France’s competition commission has opened a detailed examination of the 2006 merger of DTH operators TPS and CanalSatellite. Last year the Autorité de la Concurrence reversed its authorisation of the merger on the grounds that Canal Plus had failed to respect commitments it had made at the time. “As part of the file review, and […]

Meheut says Canal Plus will contest TPS merger ruling

Vivendi president Bertrand Meheut has said Canal Plus will contest the French competition regulator’s decision to reverse its authorisation of its merger with rival pay TV service TPS five years ago. In a development that shocked the pay TV operator, the regulator last week reversed its green light for the merger on the grounds that […]

Canal Plus fined €30 million for TPS merger

French competition regulator L’Autorité de la concurrence has fined French pay TV operator Canal Plus €30 million for failing to comply with a number of requirements relating to the acquisition of TPS in 2006. L’Autorité ruled that Canal Plus failed to uphold ten commitments when its parent company Vivendi acquired TPS, including a commitment to […]