Orange does not want to buy Canal+, says CEO

Telco Orange does not want to acquire Canal+, according to CEO Stéphane Richard. Interviewed on the Good Morning Business show on BFM TV, Richard (pictured) said Canal+ was an important partner and that Orange was a key distributor of the latter’s content. Richard said that to his knowledge, Canal+ was not for sale, and there […]

Orange France ‘definitely’ interested in Canal+

Telco and pay TV operator Orange would consider buying Canal+ if Vivendi put it up for sale its CEO has said. Speaking to reporters at the fringes of an industry event being held in Morocco, Orange CEO Stephane Richard said: “If Canal Plus were up for sale tomorrow, Orange would definitely look into it. Obviously,” […]

HBO Spain hires original programming chief

HBO is preparing original programming for its new Spanish service and has hired Miguel Salvat from Movistar to lead the charge. Salvat will oversee original programming out of the Spanish market, reporting to Antony Root, executive VP, original programming and production, HBO Europe. “I am thrilled that an industry professional of Miguel’s stature will be […]

HBO launches in Spain with Nick and Disney fare

HBO has launched its Spanish service. HBO España is currently available exclusively to Vodafone customers in the country through a deal struck in May. The service will offer HBO’s series including Game of Thrones (top), Westworld (below), Veep, and SiliconValley, Sex and the City, The Sopranos and The Wire, but will also serve up content from […]

Broadcaster streaming services beat Netflix, Amazon

Streaming services from broadcasters and pay TV operators are giving Netflix and Amazon Prime Video a run for their money in France, Germany and the UK, according to new research. Data from research house App Annie analysing monthly active users shows YouTube is the most popular destination for video streaming in the three major European […]

EE launches ‘Watch with Twitter’

EE has become the first TV platform in the UK to partner with Twitter to let users see which television programmes are trending on the social network. The launch of ‘Watch with Twitter’ lets EE customers discover and watch the most talked-about programmes in real time using data provided by Twitter UK. Up to five […]

‘Afro-American Netflix’ starts expansion

Afrostream, the subscription video-on-demand service that set itself the goal of being the ‘Netflix of Afro-American and French films’, has launched a major international expansion that will see it launch in 24 countries across French-speaking Africa. The expansion of Afrostream’s availability marks its first major move outside Europe, where it is available in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland, […]

Couture and Got get top France Télévisions jobs

France Télévisions has appointed former TF1, Canal+ and Orange content boss Xavier Couture as deputy programming and strategy chief, replacing Caroline Got, as she takes over France 2. The news comes soon after the surprise sacking of Vincent Meslet earlier this week. He was fired as France 2 suffered a drastic ratings decline and Meslet […]

Telcos target TV

Telecoms operators are increasingly looking to TV to drive new subs, increase customer loyalty and create a new revenue stream. Mark Newman, consultant and former chief research officer at Ovum, looks at which operator is doing what and where… and why. Hong Kong’s PCCW is beginning to feel more like a television company than a […]

Orange-Bouygues merger talks stall

Orange and Bouygues Telecom will make a decision by the end of the weekend about whether they will merge, after both telcos said that talks had not progressed. Orange and Bouygues both confirmed that their boards had met separately yesterday to discuss the proposed merger, though in separate statements said that negotiations had not “progressed […]