Shine exec joins France’s Altice

Cable and telecom investor Altice has named Nora Melhli as head of original creation and non-linear content, including Zive, the SVOD service that is currently from French operator SFR. Mehli is the former head of drama at production company Shine France and an ex-CEO of Endemol Fiction. While at Shine France Films, she executive-produced UK-French […]

Altice moves for remainder of NextRadio

Altice-backed media unit Groupe News Participations has kicked off the process of acquiring all of French media company NextRadioTV. The company’s shareholders have until February 1 to accept the €37 (US$40) a share offer. Groupe News Participations currently holds 50.42% of the capital and 61.83% of the voting rights of NextRadioTV, which operates news channel […]

Altice’s Zive SVOD launching internationally

Altice plans to launch its subscription video-on-demand service Zive in all markets in which it is present. The cable and telecom company is working with Cisco to provide the technology base for Zive, and the technology company revealed in a release at CES that the service, currently available via SFR in France, will soon be […]

Altice completes NextRadioTV stake deal

Cable and telecom investor Altice has taken a 50.42% stake in French media group NextRadioTV, owner of the BFMTV news channel and entertainment service RMC Découverte, in partnership with NextRadioTV founder Alain Weill. The move, which follows approval by French media regulator the CSA, sees Groupe News Participation, a joint enterprise in which Altice holds […]

Altice snatches Premier League rights from Canal+

European telecommunications and pay TV firm Altice has snatched exclusive English Premier League football rights in France from Canal+. The EPL yesterday released a statement confirming Altice had been awarded a three-season agreement that begins in the 2016/17 season and runs through to end of 2018/19 season. Altice has gets exclusive rights in Monaco, plus […]

Altice gets ok for NextRadio TV takeover

French communications regulator the CSA has approved telco Altice’s takeover of NextRadio TV, the media group that runs the BFM TV and RMC Découverte DTT channels in France. The deal will see NextRadio chief Alain Weill become the chief of Altice’s TV and media division, Altice Media, and take a 24% holding in that unit. […]

Altice-Cablevision deal ‘fully funded’

Altice said that its US$17.7 billion deal to acquire US cable player Cablevision is now “fully funded” after two fund partners agreed to take a US$1 billion stake. Funds advised by BC Partners (BCP) and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) agreed to buy 30% of the equity of Cablevision for roughly US$1 billion. The agreement comes […]

US cabler Cablevision sold for $17.7bn

Cable and telecom investor Altice has agreed a US$17.7 billion deal to acquire US cable player Cablevision. Altice boss Patrick Drahi’s latest mega deal will see the Netherlands-based company pay US$34.90 in cash for each share – a premium of about 22% on yesterday’s closing price – in the fourth largest US cable provider in […]

Vivendi buys €217m Dailymotion stake

Vivendi has acquired an 80% stake in French video site Dailymotion for €217 million (US$241 million). Vivendi said that its acquisition of majority control of Dailymotion would enable the latter to accelerate its growth progamme and international expansion as well as giving it access to music and audiovisual content from Vivendi’s other subsidiaries, Universal Music […]

HBO, Viacom join content programme

Cable Europe has introduced a new form of associate membership for content providers, with Viacom and HBO Europe the first to join, as part of a move to cooperate more closely with cable marketing organisation CTAM Europe. Speaking at a Cable Congress press conference this morning, Cable Europe president Manuel Kohnstamm said cable and content […]