Sky invests $2m in Circle Media Labs

Sky has invested US$2 million in Circle Media Labs, a tech company specialising in connected devices. Sky described Circle Media Labs as an “early-stage technology company” and said in a brief statement that the investment would provide it with “additional insight into developments within the field”. It is unclear what devices Circle Media Labs is […]

Molotov & Arte team for Hellfest coverage

French over-the-top service Molotov has teamed up with public broadcaster Arte to stream coverage of heavy metal festival, Hellfest. The ‘Arte Concert – Hellfest’ channel will broadcast more than 30 sets from the festival, which runs from June 16-18 and will be headlined by Deep Purple, Aerosmith and Linkin Park. Molotov subscribers will be able […]

Molotov streaming service preps Euro expansion

Molotov, the French streaming service founded by Canal+ founder Pierre Lescure and other Gallic TV veterans, plans to launch in new European territories, and ultimately, in the international market. Molotov, which counts UK pay TV operator Sky among its backers, will expand beyond France in the next twelve months, co-founder Jean-Marc Denoual told TBI. “There is […]

TDF buys into Lescure’s OTT service

TDF has taken a minority stake in OTT TV operator Molotov as part of a wider strategic partnership between the pair to create a hybrid TV offering combining Molotov’s OTT delivery with DTT. French DTT transmission firm TDF said it sees Molotov’s platform as a way to provide a more comprehensive TV experience to digital-terrestrial viewers, […]

Sky buys into French OTT service

Sky has invested €4 million (US$4.5 million) in French over-the-top video platform Molotov, which launched publically in France in July. Announcing its investment on Friday, Sky said that thefunding was part of a larger Molotov financing round and is the latest in aseries of Sky investments in start-up companies. The ‘freemium’ Molotov service was unveiled […]

Lescure’s French streaming service goes live

French over-the-top service Molotov has launched publicly across the country on a freemium basis, a year after it was first unveiled. The cross-platform TV service lets users watch 33 channels, including 25 French digital terrestrial TV channels, and access 10 hours of ‘bookmarked’ content for free. A €3.99 (US$4.41) per-month option offers 100 hours of […]

Molotov hires former TF1 director for int’l

New French OTT service Molotov has appointed former TF1 director, Jean-Pierre Paoli, to help lead its international expansion efforts. TV veteran Paoli was formerly director of international development at French commercial broadcaster TF1 and has also served as director of international development for Canal+ and director general of Eurosport international. Molotov was first announced last […]

Canal+ co-founder launching online TV service

Former Canal+ boss Pierre Lescure and Jean-David Blanc, the founder of AlloCiné, are launching a new online TV service, Molotov. The seasoned French media executives are pitching Molotov as a ‘Spotify for TV’, as it will aggregate content and make it available via connected devices. The service is currently being beta tested before a commercial […]