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MIPTV unveils 4K Ultra HD line-up

MIPTV has announced details of an “extensive” 4K, Ultra High Definition programme at the event next month. The UHD line-up will include 12 conference sessions and a keynote speech by Sony Pictures Entertainment’s senior vice-president of technology, Bill Baggelaar. There will also be a 4K world premiere screening of the first episode of NHK’s new […]

Orange France reviews content strategy

Orange is to review its content strategy, but will stop short of investing in its own original content, according to CEO Stéphane Richard. Speaking at an analyst presentation after the company released its full-year results this week, Richard said that the company’s executive committee has been charged with organising a seminar on future content options. […]

Orange and Bouygues ‘open’ to TF1 discussions

French telco Orange and telecoms-to-construction conglomerate Bouygues are open to including the latter’s 44% interest in leading commercial broadcaster TF1 in any deal between the pair, according to French newspaper Le Monde. Orange and Bouygues have confirmed that they are in talks over the future of the latter’s telecom unit, Bouygues Telecom, but have not […]

Vivendi buys €217m Dailymotion stake

Vivendi has acquired an 80% stake in French video site Dailymotion for €217 million (US$241 million). Vivendi said that its acquisition of majority control of Dailymotion would enable the latter to accelerate its growth progamme and international expansion as well as giving it access to music and audiovisual content from Vivendi’s other subsidiaries, Universal Music […]

More details on Dailymotion sale emerge

Vivendi is in exclusive talks with Orange about buying an 80% stake in French video site Dailymotion for €217 million (US$235.7 million), the firms confirmed today. Under the terms of the negotiations, Orange will retain a 20% stake in Dailymotion, which will take on an enterprise value of €265 million. Vivendi said the deal represents […]

Orange and Sony strike content deal

French pay TV operator Orange has inked a volume deal with Hollywood studio Sony Pictures Television. The deal, between SPT and OCS gives the French package of pay TV channels SPT-distributed series including Amazon Prime Instant Video hit Transparent and another show from the streaming service, Mozart in the Jungle (below right). OCS also gets […]

TF1 launches first SVOD service for kids

French broadcaster TF1 will launch TFou Max next month, the first SVOD service exclusively targeting kids in France. Dedicated to the 3-12 demo, TFou Max will launch next month, and be available for €2.99 (US$3.40) a month for a launch period. It will be accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets as well as connected TVs from […]

French on-demand site launches with US movies

French operator Numericable-SFR has launched its download-to-own store, VideoStore by Numericable, giving users access to a library of about 120 films at launch. Numericable-SFR has signed deals with five Hollywood studios to secure content for the service. Prices for movies begin at €5.99 (US$4.70). Highlights include Luc Besson’s science fiction movie Lucy, which is available […]

French broadcasters won’t team to fight Netflix

France’s leading broadcasters are unlikely to group together to form a subscription video-on-demand alliance to counter Netflix, according to Canal+ CEO Bertrand Meheut. Speaking at a conference organised by daily Le Figaro and research group NPA Conseil, Meheut reportedly said that an SVOD offering already existed in France in the form of its own Canalplay […]

Another French telco to offer Netflix

SFR has become the latest French ISP to offer Netflix via its TV set-top boxes. The telco is making the subscription VoD service available via its Google Play-enabled boxes via a software update. Users will be able to sign up for the service direct via their decoders, taking advantage of Netflix’s ‘first month free’ promotional […]