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New SVOD kids platform preps for launch

Upcoming North American SVOD service Kidoodle.TV has acquired 800 hours of content from kids content distributor DHX Media. The platform is set to launch in the summer and aims to offer a slate of entertainment and educational series to children via a subscription. To this end, it has bought DHX-sold shows including Inspector Gadget, Rastamouse, […]

Watchever snaps up CBS content

German OTT service Watchever has inked a programming deal with CBS Studios International. The Vivendi-backed on-demand service will get a raft of series from the CBS US network and its cable stablemate Showtime. Titles include 90210, Nurse Jackie, Numb3rs and Californication as well as older shows including Twin Peaks. France-based entertainment conglomerate Vivendi launched Watchever […]

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 […]

Vivendi and Lagardère square up in €1.6b legal battle

Lagardère and Vivendi are engaged in a bitter legal dispute over claims that the latter is deliberately attempting to diminish the value of Canal+ France in order to force Lagardère to abandon plans to float its 20% in the pay TV operator. Lagardère has filed a suit with the Paris Tribunal de Commerce in an […]

Vivendi launches streaming service Watchever in Germany

France-based entertainment conglomerate Vivendi has launched an over-the-top service in Germany called Watchever. The subscription TV series and movie-based service, www.watchever.de, is priced at €8.99 a month. A free 30-day trial is in place and paying customers can terminate subscriptions on a month-to-month basis. Watchever said that it has inked deals with “almost” all of […]

Court rejects Canal+ case against competition watchdog

France’s constitutional court has rejected Canal+’s claims that the country’s competition regulator acted unconstitutionally when it imposed remedies on the pay TV operator relating to its 2007 merger with TPS. The case was referred to the court by the Conseil d’État following an appeal by Canal+ and Vivendi. The court however ruled that the competition […]

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