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Canal+ to carry Netflix

August 30, 2019

Canal+ is on the brink of a deal to distribute Netflix on its platform in France, according to daily Le Figaro.

The report claims an agreement is being finalised over the next few weeks whereby the streaming service would be an option for Canal+ subscribers – although the possibility of the service being bundled in is also on the table.

Netflix leads the SVoD market in France with over five million subscribers, but a deal with Canal+ would also put it in millions of pay-TV homes ahead of the arrival of significant new D2C competitors.

Netflix already has platform deals with the four leading French ISPs – Bouygues Telecom, Orange, Altice France/SFR and Free.

Canal+ has not always had good relations with Netflix: CEO Maxime Saada blamed what he saw as an uneven playing field for the demise of Canal+’s previous SVoD offering CanalPlay.

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