Bouygues breaks ranks to take Netflix
September 15, 2014
From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris
Bouygues Telecom has broken ranks with other French platforms to make Netflix available on its set-top boxes from November.
Netflix launched in France today (September 15th), at €7.99 a month. In addition to the forthcoming launch on Bouygues Telecom’s IPTV platform, the service can be accessed via PCs, tablets, smartphones, LG, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony and Toshiba smart TVs from and PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One game consoles. It is also available via Blu-ray players from LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba and the Apple TV and Google Chromecast streaming devices.
Netlfix CEO Reed Hastings told French media that Netflix is still in discussion with other operators in the country. Orange and Free have so far declined to add Netflix claiming the conditions proposed by the SVoD provider did not make it economically viable.
Netflix is to launch in Germany tomorrow. According to local press reports, the company will partner with Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone thereby taking on the major cable providers.