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 […]

Vivendi’s mobile SVOD net Studio+ set for US

France’s Vivendi is launching its smartphone-targeted SVOD service Studio+ to the US. The service, which offers customers a slate of 10x10mins high-end original short-form series, will debut Stateside with new music drama All You Need is Me and thriller series Hadame Hollywood. Studio+ is the result of collaboration between Vivendi’s Canal+ and Universal Music divisions, […]

Vivendi eyes US Studio+ launch this year

Vivendi aims to take its mobile content platform Studio+ to the US this year and is in talks with three telecom operators about launching it, according to Vivendi Content chairman Dominique Delport. “We would love to be in the key markets in the US this year, and we are in discussions with three of the […]

New Canal+ mobile TV service set for 20 countries

Canal+ has launched its vaunted premium TV-over-mobile service Studio+ in France, and said it will be in 20 countries by year-end. Vivendi-owned French TV group Canal+ is struggling at home in the pay TV arena, and is therefore betting on the new Studio+ service reaching new subs, with confirmed plans to roll it out internationally. […]

Canal+ suffers further subs, revenue losses

Strong revenue growth in Africa helped to partially offset a continued precipitous decline in pay TV operator Canal+’s fortunes in France in the third quarter and for the first nine months of the year, contributing to a relatively strong showing for parent group Vivendi. For the full nine-months period, Canal+’s revenues fell by 2.7% in […]

Vivendi to close SVOD net Watchever

Vivendi is to shut down German OTT subscription video-on-demand service Watchever in December. Watchever’s 17-strong team in Berlin have been told that the service will cease to operate as of December 31, a source told TBI. French financial daily Les Echos was first to report the news. TBI understands that Vivendi plans to keep its […]

Vivendi launching premium mobile TV

French media group Vivendi launched Studio+, a mobile premium TV service, here in Cannes. The programming line-up comprises 25 original international titles at launch. The service, which requires the download of a paid-for app, is designed for mobile use and will roll out in 20 countries this September. There will be six different versions – […]

SBS pay channel captivated by Hostages

Australian pay TV channel STUDIO has acquired Israeli drama Hostages. The 10x60mins drama will launch on the SBS-owned channel in August, marking the first time an Israeli-language series has run on the network. Hostages has already sold to broadcasters such as BBC Four in the UK and Canal+ in France. The series follows a surgeon […]

Broadcasters bag IFC’s Bang Bang and Bunk

Canadian distributor Tricon has sold a pair of comedy shows to The Comedy Network. The Canadian specialty channel, which is operated by Bell Media, has acquired 30x30mins Comedy Bang! Bang! (above) and 10x30mins Bunk. Both comedy series are part of US cable net IFC’s growing slate of originals. Tricon inked a deal with IFC last […]

Factual sales for Tricon

Canada’s Tricon Films & Television has sold more than 100 hours of factual and documentary content. Among the sales, ZDF in Germany and SBS’s Australian arts channel Studio have bought the 11x60mins Metal Evolution, with the latter also buying 2x60mins Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, which is about the titular cult rock band and one-hour doc […]