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 […]

French cabler counters Netflix with SérieFlix

French cable operator Numericable is to attempt to counter Netflix’s arrival in the country by launching its own rival service. Numericable deputy CEO Jérôme Yomtov told financial daily Les Echos that a new service is currently being beta-tested and will be launched very soon. According to Les Echos, SérieFlix – Numericable’s codename for the project […]

French cabler Numericable starts IPO process

French cable operator Numericable has launched the process of seeking a public listing by publishing a document for approval by the country’s financial markets regulator. Numericable’s move follows its merger in August with sister-company Completel. The IPO has been chosen as the second best exit strategy by shareholders Carlyle and Cinven, each with a 37.5% […]

Paramount Channel launching in France

Viacom International Media Networks’ Paramount Channel is to launch in France this evening at 18:10 local time. The channel will broadcast in HD on the Canal+ pay TV platform, on the Numericable cable network and on IPTV platforms. Paramount Channel will be available in HD and will also provide a TV Everywhere simulcast and a […]

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 […]

Numericable ‘set to go public’

French cable operator Numericable has hired Rothschild to advise it on a public flotation, according to French press reports. Financial daily Les Echos reported that the cable operator plans to launch its IPO this year, citing four sources close to the matter. According to the paper, the decision to float the company follows the failure […]

Ruling opens Canal+ channels to web rivals

Canal+ has published reference offers for its seven Ciné+ movie channels, allowing ISPs to make the services available to their users for the first time. Previously the seven channels – Ciné+ Premier, Frisson, Emotion, Famiz, Classic, Club and Star were only available to cable operator Numericable as a third party provider. Now ISPs including Orange, […]

Numericable readies move for SFR

French cable operator Numericable is preparing to make an offer to acquire local telco SFR, according to reports. BFM Business, citing sources close to Numericable, reported that the cable operator’s owners Carlyle, Cinven and Patrick Drahi are preparing to make an all-cash offer for the larger telecom operator, with a plan to merge the two […]