Canal + to shutter CanalPlay amid Netflix competition

Restrictive rules governing the distribution of content will kill off French fiction in the international market if they remain unchanged, according to Canal+ CEO Maxime Saada, who has blamed France’s competition regulator for a disastrous fall in subscriber numbers at the pay TV operator’s SVOD service CanalPlay. Saada, addressing a French senate committee last week, […]

‘One in five’ French net users now taking SVOD

Over one in five French internet users over the age of six subscribed to a subscription video-on-demand offering this year, up from 15% in 2016, according to figures released by audience research outfit Médiamétrie. According to Médiamétrie, 21% took an SVOD service of some sort this year, led primarily by Netflix. Canalplay and SFR Play […]

New German VOD net buys NRK drama

A new German VOD platform, Canal+’s SVOD service in France and Channel 4’s Walter Presents have bought an NRK drama about three young women struggling to live adult lives. The deals are the first three distributor About Premium Content has secured for Nordic drama Young and Promising, and highlight the growing buying status of on-demand […]

French SVOD service launches with 4K

French telco Altice has launched Zive, a new SVOD platform solely for its customers that will be included into new packages and new Box Fibre Zive settop boxes. The new product will be introduced on November 17 as SFR, which is set to become the global brand for current subsidiary cable division Numericable. This comes after […]

Netflix raises price in Europe

Netflix has raised the price of its service in Europe for new subscribers, upping the Eurozone price of the standard service from €8.99 (US$9.92) to €9.99 as of yesterday. The standard offer allows subscriber to access HD content and view it on two devices. Netflix’s other two offers, the more basic ‘Essential’ tier, offering access […]

Vivendi weighs European and Japan SVOD launches

Vivendi is weighing the launch of subscription VOD services in a number of Europe countries and Japan, according to a report by French business news channel 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, leveraging its ownership […]

Canal+ and Disney strike French streaming deal

French pay TV operator Canal+ will launch a Maker Studios-branded streaming service later this year. Digital studio Maker was acquired last year by Disney, which told TBI it plans to launch Maker On Demand throughout the EMEA region. “Pay TV operators need to provide millennials with content when and how they want it – the […]

Cyber does digital deals

Paris based producer and distributor Cyber Group Studios has struck a number of deals with SVOD and digital platforms. In the US, Hulu has acquired Cyber’s 104x11mins CGI series Zou (pictured). The first season of the series will also be available on US kids SVOD service PlayKids TV. Also in the US, Kabillion has taken […]

France’s CNC aids legal video viewing

France’s Centre Nationale du Cinéma et de L’Image Animée (CNC) has created a search engine to enable French citizens to search for and find movies available legally on video-on-demand services. The government backed body has created a portal whose services will be distributed via major French cinema-related websites such as Allociné, Première, Télérama and SensCritique. […]

Canal+ takes Amazon originals to France

Canal+ has acquired two of Amazon Prime Instant Video’s original comedies, Alpha House and Betas. Both comedy series came out of the first wave of pilots and originals commissioned by the US OTT service. They will play on the French pay TV giant’s CanalPlay on-demand service. Amazon’s Prime Instant service is only available in the […]