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UEFA hat-trick for Canal+

French pay-TV operator Canal+ has, for the first time, secured exclusive rights to UEFA’s three premier club football tournaments: the Champions League, the Europa League, and the Europa Conference League. The three-season deal covers 2024/2025 though to 2026/2027. Canal + will also for the first time, offer its subscribers the progress of the leading French […]

July 1, 2022By Colin Mann

M7 appoints Logjes

M7 Group, the European pay-TV provider, has appointed Robin Logjes as its Content Director, Original Productions. In his role, Logjes will primarily focus on the creation and production of European scripted content that appeals and resonates across all M7 territories. M7 was acquired by Canal+ Group in 2019, resulting in an increased focus on providing […]

June 23, 2022

Canal+ eyes Starz stake

Canal+, the Vivendi-owned pay-TV business, is reportedly plotting a bid for a minority stake in Starz – the US premium channel known for shows including American Gods, Black Sails and Outlander – as it seeks to bolster its content library. The French group, controlled by billionaire Vincent Bolloré, has made moved to expand its pay-TV […]

May 6, 2022

Canal+ completes SPI International acquisition

Canal+ Group and SPI International have announced the integration of SPI International within Canal+ Group has now been completed, following the approvals of all competent authorities in all European jurisdictions concerned.     Canal+ Group says that SPI International, a global media company who has significant presence in Europe, will bring opportunities to strengthen its pay-TV offers […]

March 18, 2022

SES extends Canal+ service agreement

SES and Canal+ have expanded their partnership with a long-term agreement for uplink services for Canal+’s French pay-TV channel bouquet at 19.2 degrees East. The new agreement includes services delivered from two teleports in Betzdorf, Luxembourg, and starting in 2023, Munich, Germany, underscoring the importance and shared value of delivering superior and uninterrupted viewing experiences […]

March 17, 2022By Chris Forrester

Forecast: African OTT to generate $2bn in 2027

African OTT movie and TV episode revenues will reach $2 billion (€1.75bn) by 2027 – triple from $623 million in 2021, according to the Africa OTT TV and Video Forecasts report from analyst firm Digital TV Research. South Africa and Nigeria will together account for 56 per cent of the total by 2027, leaving $896 […]

February 11, 2022

France: New content window rules agreed

France’s new content rights window timescales, which now include SVoD platforms, will come into operation from February 10th, following agreement between broadcasters and the movie industry. The new rules mean that Netflix will now be able to run a movie 15 months after its theatrical release, instead of the current 36 months. Pay-TV operator  Canal+, […]

January 25, 2022From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

Africa Cup of Nations broadcasts with SAPEC tech

The live signals from the ongoing matches at the Africa Cup of Nations are being compressed and transmitted from each venue using SAPEC contribution solutions. 5 cities, 6 stadiums, and 52 matches to know which of the 24 national teams will be the champion of the most important soccer tournament in the African continent. The […]

January 25, 2022

Forecast: Africa to add 18m pay-TV subs

Africa will add 18 million pay-TV subscribers between 2021 and 2027 to take the total to 57 million, according to the Africa Pay TV Forecasts report from analyst firm Digital TV Research. Subscriber numbers will climb by 46 per cent over this period, but pay-TV revenues will rise by only 35 per cent – indicating […]

January 10, 2022

Canal+ quits Ligue 1 broadcasting; Amazon swoops

In a last minute bid, Amazon Prime Video has acquired the rights to eight Ligue 1 fixtures a week for three seasons in France, for a reported €275 million a year. These are the games previously owned by Mediapro. As a result the league’s long-standing broadcaster Canal+ has pulled out of its agreement to broadcast […]

June 14, 2021