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UK leads video apps market, Netflix in first

Consumers in the UK are the most voracious in Europe when it comes top downloading video content apps, and the Netflix app is the most downloaded in the territory. In terms of number of downloads, Netflix was ranked ahead of the BBC iPlayer (pictured), YouTube and ITV Player apps, which occupied second, third and fourth […]

Euro nets buys ORF docs, crime series

Pubcaster France 5 is among buyers of documentary and crime programming from Austria’s ORF. The France Télévisions channel has bought several docs, including Nock – Mountains at Heaven’s Door. Switzerland’s RTS also acquired doc programming from ORF Enterprises, the commercial arm of pubcaster ORF. Meanwhile, Romania’s RCS-RDS bought a 200-hour package, while SRF – which […]

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 […]

Orange to pre-empt Netflix with Orangecast launch

Orange is preparing to take on the imminent threat of Netflix’s arrival in France by launching a new OTT subscription video-on-demand service that will be made available via a WiFi-connectable HDMI dongle that can be plugged into TVs. The initiative has been pushed by French economic development minister Arnaud Montebourg, who confirmed the plan this […]

Netflix approaches ISPs for French launch

Netflix has approached several French internet TV service providers with a view to striking carriage deals ahead of the subscription VOD service’s likely launch in France in September, according to local reports. Orange is seen as the most likely candidate for any agreement and is at the most advanced stage in negotiations, according to a […]

Canal+ owner Vivendi may split business

French media and telecoms giant Vivendi is launching a study into whether to split the business in two – separating off telecoms group SFR from a new international media group. Vivendi, owner of French pay TV platform Canal+, said that the demerger “would create significant value to shareholders” as they would be able to invest […]

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, […]

Canal+ is launching Disney Movies on Demand channel

Canal+ is launching a Disney Movies on Demand channel as part of its CanalPlay Infinity subscription video-on-demand offering. The addition of the Disney service will give CanalPlay users access to classic titles including Bambi, Alice in Wonderland, The Aristocats and Aladdin as well as Pixar titles including Cars and Wall-E. Subscribers will have access to […]

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 […]