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 […]

Former Canal+ boss Meheut joining SFR

Bertrand Méheut, the former CEO of Canal+, is to join cable and telecom group Altice’s French unit SFR as vice-president of the group’s administrative council. In a move that reinforces Altice and SFR’s strategic move towards becoming an integrated media and telecoms company, Méheut is taking on a new role under SFR Group CEO Michel […]

Altice launches studios division

French free and pay TV operator Altice has unveiled plans to invest further in content creation and has created a dedicated studio. Altice is to create Altice Studios to create new original movies and series, and Altice Channel Factory, to create more new channels following the launch of a raft of TV services under the […]

TV performs strongly for Altice

Altice Group second quarter financials were pulled down by continued subscriber, revenue and earnings losses at French unit SFR, despite a solid performance elsewhere, including its new US acquisitions. The quarter saw the completion of the acquisitions of a 49% stake in NextRadioTV and Alticemedia Group France to create a portfolio of channels that also […]

Altice reorganises TV division

Altice-owned SFR Group has reorganised its recently formed media outfit, SFR Media, naming management teams for the three sub-divisions of the group. SFR Media remains headed by Alain Weill as CEO. Damien Bernet, hitherto deputy CEO at NextRadioTV, will serve as deputy chief executive, while Bernard Mourad, the media and telecoms entrepreneur and close associate […]

Altice boss steps down

Altice boss Patrick Drahi has stepped down from his role as president of the company in favour of former CEO Dexter Goei ahead of the group’s acquisition of Cablevision in the US. Goei will take over the new US operation as chairman and CEO of Altice USA, in addition to his role as president of […]

News brief: French, Swiss nets buy Maximus factual

French network RMC Découverte and Switzerland’s SFR have prebought factual series from German indie Maximus Films. The deals, which Berlin-based Quintus Media brokered, see RMC investing in 6x60mins pop science series Evil Knows!, and SFR acquiring Giant Constructions – the World’s Most Spectacular Bridges. Evil Knows! follows Bloodhound Gang bassist Evil Jared Hasselhoff as he […]

Altice to roll media assets into SFR

Altice is to consolidate all of its French media assets into telecom unit SFR, according to French press reports. According to the Journal du Dimanche, citing unnamed sources, SFR will announce on Wednesday that it is acquiring Altice’s media assets in France. These include a 49% stake in NextRadio, owner of BFM TV, BFM Business […]

Scandi pubcasters buy Universum docs

Public broadcasters in Scandinavia have bought documentary programming from Austria’s ORF. DR in Denmark took a selection of Universum-branded docs, including Africa’s Wild West and Wild Venice, which has been a big seller for ORF Enterprises, ORF’s commercial arm. DR and Sweden’s SVT have also committed to ORF’s next 4K two-parter The Canary Islands, which […]

French SVOD service launches with 4K

French telco Altice has launched Zive, a new SVOD platform solely for its customers that will be included into new packages and new Box Fibre Zive settop boxes. The new product will be introduced on November 17 as SFR, which is set to become the global brand for current subsidiary cable division Numericable. This comes after […]