Stéphane Richard

Orange hopes millennials relish low-cost Pickle TV

Orange has launched a new low-cost ad-free TV service aimed at millennials that will be available to its TV and mobile customers and will incorporate Canal+ mobile short-form offering Studio+, as well as eSports and music services. The new service, Pickle TV, aimed at 15-35 year-olds, will be available across all screens and will cost […]

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,” […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Orange to distribute Netflix in France

Orange is set to become the second French telecom operator to agree to distribute Netflix, with CEO Stéphane Richard confirming that the service provider has struck a deal with the subscription VOD provider. Following Bouygues Telecom’s deal with Netflix, Orange has signed a deal with the US OTT provider to make its services available via […]

Netflix fails to secure Orange and Free for France

French telco Iliad Telecom/Free has joined Orange in declining to distribute Netflix when it launches in the country on September 15. Iliad Telecom CEO Maxime Lombardini said that the pair had failed to reach an agreement on distributing the US streaming service to Free subscribers’ boxes. Lombardini said that Netflix and Iliad had failed to […]

French minister calls for local reaction to Netflix

French economy minister Arnaud Montebourg has called on the country’s audiovisual and digital industries to unit to offer alternative home-grown platforms in the face of an expected onslaught of “Anglo-Saxon” platforms on the French market, led by Netflix’s imminent launch. In a long and wide-ranging speech on France’s economic development yesterday, Montebourg said that he […]

Netflix’s France launch set for Autumn, no Orange deal

Orange’s CEO Stéphane Richard confirmed at the end of last week that Netflix plans to launch a service in France this autumn but said that talks of an exclusive deal with Orange was premature. Interviewed by Radio Classique after Orange’s full-year results announcement, Richard said that he believed Netflix would launch a service in the […]