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Bolloré indicates end of Canal+ free-to-air

Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré has given the strongest indication yet that he plans to reduce or eliminate the free-to-air element of French pay TV service Canal+. Bolloré told financial daily Les Echos that Canal+ was not obliged to make content available unencrypted and said that while free-to-air content could gain advertising revenue in the short […]

Canal+ shedding French subs

Canal+ France lost 183,000 subscriptions in the first quarter, taking its domestic total to 8.3 million. The ongoing problems experienced by the group in France were to some extent offset by a strong international performance. Overall the group added 170,000 subscriptions in the quarter, thanks in particular to its strong showing in Africa, taking its […]

Canal+ makes competition complaint against TF1

Vivendi-owned Canal+ has filed a complaint against commercial broadcaster TF1 with the French competition authority, alleging that the latter has abused its dominant position in the country’s TV advertising market, according to local reports. According to business news service BFM TV, the pay TV channel operator has based its complaint on the fact that TF1 […]

Canal+ launching raft of YouTube channels

French premium channel operator Canal+ is launching several new channels on YouTube based on its key programming franchises. From next month there will be twenty Canal+ YouTube channels based on shows from the core Canal+ channel as well as from its free-to-air counterparts D8, D17 and iTele. There will be channels based on shows including […]

Canal+ subs up but profit slides

Additions from Africa and Vietnam gave a boost to Canal+ Group’s overall subscriber base in the year to March, but group earnings fell sharply. The pay TV operator reported annual growth of 285,000 subscriptions in the 12 months to March 31, 2013, which it attributed in large part to good performances from CanalPlus Overseas territories, […]

Viacom cuts content deals with French broadcasters

Viacom international Media Networks has cut a raft of programming deals with French channels in the wake of MIPTV. It has licensed SpongeBob SquarePants, the SpongeBob Christmas special and season seven of Dora the Explorer to TF1. France’s largest commercial broadcaster has also acquired the second season of Kung Fu Panda and renewed deals for […]