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. This frees the operator up to strike exclusive premium channel deals with the likes ofBeIN Sports, as well as to retain exclusivity of series that it pre-finances. Citing the changing conditions of […]

Canal+ begins touting revamped offering

Canal+ Group is moving ahead with the relaunch of its domestic French pay TV services under the Canal brand, which replaces the legacy Canal+ brand used for its premium offering and the Canalsat name used for the operator’s comprehensive pay TV bouquet. Canal+ has hired agency BETC to mount a marketing campaign based around the […]

Alduy out at Canal+ as exits continue

Manuel Alduy, the head of Canal OTT at French pay TV broadcaster Canal+ has left his post, according to local reports. Alduy’s sphere of responsibility at Canal+ encompassed SVOD service Canalplay and mobile TV app-based service MyCanal. He was one of the few remaining members of the former leadership team at the broadcaster that included […]

Ex-MTV, Fox content studio execs join Vice

The head of Fox-owned producer ADHD Studios and a former MTV creative director have joined Vice Media’s new cable channel in senior posts. Nick Weidenfeld and Cristián Jofré have become president of programming and creative director at Viceland and Viceland International, working under the network’s co-presidents Spike Jonze and Eddy Moretti and general manager Guy […]

MIPTV takeaways: #3 Vivendi puts Europe in the spotlight

MIPTV is now mostly about Europe and the continent’s content, and last week it was France’s Vivendi setting the pace. MIPTV takeaways: #1 no Rising Star, but Roots established MIPTV takeaways: #2 VR now a reality? MIPTV takeaways: #3 Vivendi puts Europe in the spotlight MIPTV takeaways: #4 eclectic talent on the Croisette MIPTV takeaways: #5 where’s the party?  […]

Vice launching Viceland with Canal+

Vice will launch its Viceland linear channel in France this year after teaming with pay TV operator Canal+. The channel will be exclusive to CanalSat, Vice chief content officer Eddy Moretti said here in Cannes this morning. He announced the channel roll out – in French – at the end of Vice’s digital fronts presentation, […]

Canal+, beIN Sport ‘near carriage deal’

Vivendi-owned Canal+ and rival beIN Sports are moving towards an agreement based on the exclusive carriage of the Qatar-owned pay TV service by Canal+ or Canalsat rather than an outright purchase, according to a report in Le Monde. According to the paper, citing an unnamed source close to the negotiations, the two sides have struck, or […]

CanalSat launch for Sundance in France

The international Sundance Channel will launch on the Canalsat platform France this week. Sundance Channel Global will launch tomorrow (February 9) and have indie films, and original dramas from the US AMC and Sundance cable nets including The Walking Dead (top) and Rectify (below right). On CanalSat it will be in the pay TV operator’s […]

New Disney channel launches in France

Disney has launched a new movie channel and on-demand service in France that will have a slew of features from the studio and get the upcoming Star Wars movie in an exclusive first window. Disney Cinema has rolled out on the CanalSat platform, and is programmed with features from Disney and its Pixar and Star […]

Viacom launches Asian pop culture channel

Viacom International Media Networks is launching J-ONE, an Asian pop culture-themed channel for the French market. Going live on October 4 on the Numericable and satellite operator CanalSat, the channel will broadcast exclusive Japanese manga series. It will also run programmes looking into Japanese culture, gameshows, magazine trend series and reality shows such as Shibuhara […]