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Canal+ sees signs of turnaround as Vivendi unveils plan for Universal Music

Vivendi-owned pay TV operator Canal+ has reported a modest turnaround in the first half of this year, with a reduction in its rate of cancellations in France and growth internationally delivering increased revenues. The operator posted revenues of €2.575 billion for the six months to June, up 1.3% at constant currency. Canal+ had 16 million […]

Canal+ teams up with sister company for classical music channel

French pay TV provider Canal+ has teamed up with Vivendi sister-company Universal Music to launch a new channel dedicated to classical music. The new service, Deutsche Grammophon+, will offer exclusive programmes and content based on Deutsche Grammophon catalogue. The channel will make available about 400 titles at launch, spanning short documentaries, interviews, profiles, extracts, concerts […]

Canal+ making progress as Universal Music helps boost Vivendi

Canal+ is successfully reducing its rate of churn, with new subscribers committing to 24-month contracts and satisfaction levels increasing, according to parent company Vivendi’s chief financial officer Hervé Philippe, speaking to analysts after the media giant announced strong full year results. In absolute terms, Canal+ Group continued to drag on Vivendi’s results, but the company […]

UK introduces age ratings for online music videos

The UK government and the major music labels have agreed to put “clear age ratings” on music videos on YouTube and Vevo, to flag content that is not suitable for children. The government is working with the UK music industry, British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) and digital providers YouTube and Vevo on the scheme, which […]

Vivendi reportedly looking to launch SVoD plus music in multiple markets

Vivendi is studying the possibility of launching subscription VoD services in a number of Europe countries and Japan, according to a report by French business news service BFMTV. According to BFMTV, citing unnamed industry sources, the owner of Canal+ aims to differentiate its services by various means including combining video with a subscription music service, […]

Vivendi to create new content unit headed by Canal+’s Belmer

Vivendi is creating a new content unit to be headed by Canal+ CEO Rodolphe Belmer, who will take on new responsibilities at the pay TV operator’s parent company in addition to his existing role, according to an internal email obtained by French news service BFM TV. According to the email, circulated to Vivendi staff on […]

BT to boost music offering

BT is set to boost its music offering through a streaming deal with major label Universal Music.  The agreement, which is yet to be formally announced, will see BT initially offer some 150 albums to stream, with plans to expand this offering with more content and label deals. The deal will extend BT’s existing TV […]