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Vivendi reports $1bn loss

French media giant Vivendi has reported a $1.07 billion (€1.01 bn) loss for its 2022 trading year, which it blamed in part on its deconsolidation of its stake in Telecom Italia. The loss compares with its profits of $25.9 billion (€24.6bn) in 2021 and that influenced by it spinning off its 60 per cent stake […]

March 9, 2023By Chris Forrester

Canal+ 18 month pay DTT renewal

French TV regulator Arcom has renewed Canal+ pay DTT frequency for an 18-month period until June 5th 2025. Requested by the pay-TV group itself, while the renewal usually covers a five-years period, the shorter duration reflects Canal+’s desire to remain agile and be in a position to return the frequency should its business model evolve. […]

March 9, 2023From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

M7 Group signs distribution deal with Current Time TV

Luxembourg-based M7 Group, a European pay-TV provider owned by Canal+ Group, has concluded an agreement with the US Agency for Global Media or the satellite distribution of Current Time TV in HD via both ASTRA 19.2 and Eutelsat E9B. Current Time TV is a 24/7 Russian-language TV and digital network, providing live news, robust debate, […]

March 9, 2023

M7, A+E sign satellite distribution deal

Luxembourg-based pay-TV provider M7 Group, owned by Canal+ Group, has concluded a multi-year capacity agreement with A+E Networks EMEA for the satellite distribution of its flagship History and Crime+Investigation channels across Europe. The agreement allows A+E Networks EMEA to deliver the channels via the M7 satellite platform on 1 degree West to its affiliate customers […]

March 3, 2023

Canal+ Action launches in Czech, Slovakia

International media company Canal+ has expandied its activities in the Czech Republic and Slovakia with the launch of Canal+ Action, broadcasting action movies and series with Czech dubbing. The channel is available now via satellite and Internet TV on the Skylink and freeSAT platforms. Subscribers to T-Mobile, Slovak Telekom and DIGI Slovakia will have access […]

February 28, 2023

ACE shuts down French pirate site

Anti-piracy coalition the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) has confirmed it has shut down France’s second most popular illegal streaming and direct download site, Extreme-down. ACE identified the operator in Houmt Souk, Tunisia. ACE approached the operator, who subsequently ceased the illicit operations and transferred all domains to ACE. The domains now redirect to […]

February 15, 2023By Colin Mann

THEMA expands in Japan with Rakuten

THEMA, a Canal+ Group company, has expanded its distribution activity in Japan with the launch of Vivaldi FAST TV-channel via R Channel, a linear streaming service operated by Rakuten Group The classical music channel is now available to users across the R Channel platform. After several recent new  APAC deals by THEMA in Thailand, India, Hong […]

February 8, 2023

Viaplay Select on Canal+ in Austria

Viaplay Group and Canal+ have agreed a partnership to make hundreds of hours of content from Viaplay Select exclusively available on Canal+ in Austria. Canal+ subscribers in Austria can now access more than 300 hours of Viaplay’s series, films and documentaries, together with curated third-party content from across the Nordic region. Viaplay Select is a […]

January 26, 2023

Banijay takes Marie Antoinette global

Banijay Rights, the global distribution arm of content powerhouse Banijay, has announced further sales of historical drama Marie Antoinette. Produced by Banijay Studios France, CAPA Drama and Les Gens, this Canal+ Creation Originale eight-part series – created and written by Deborah Davis (The Favourite) – has been acquired by Antenna Plus (Ant1+) in Greece, Ceska […]

January 24, 2023

Canal+ drops Warner channels

French broadcaster Canal+ has stopped carrying Warner Bros Discovery’s seven linear channels, as well as its catch-up TV services via MyCanal, since no agreement has been reached between the two parties regarding their continued distribution. Warner Bros Discovery will now seek a new distribution partner in France for the channels. “We regret that channels Cartoon […]

January 11, 2023From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris