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France: Prime Video enhances Roland-Garros coverage

Co-hosting the forthcoming Roland-Garros French open tennis tournament along with France Télévisions, streaming platform Prime Video has confirmed coverage of all the main matches in 4K. This will be complemented with an audio multi-track option that allows the choice of watching a match with or without commentary. This option will be available via the web, […]

May 17, 2022From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

Six Nations Rugby, France Télévisions convert deal

Six Nations Rugby and France Télévisions are set to continue their relationship, after agreeing an extension in principle that will build on the current partnership. The national French broadcaster will have exclusive rights to bring fans all fifteen Guinness Six Nations matches, and all fifteen TikTok Women’s Six Nations fixtures from 2023 to 2025 inclusive. […]

May 10, 2022

Salto on Prime Video

French SvoD service Salto, the joint venture between TF1, M6 and France Télévisions, has concluded a strategic partnership with Prime Video in Europe, allowing all Amazon Prime customers to subscribe to Salto directly from Prime Video Channels as of early May 2022. For €6.99, new subscribers will have access to films, TV series, docuumentary and […]

April 14, 2022From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

French Senate eyes tougher plurality rules

French broadcasting rules and obligations are probably the toughest in Europe, and are likely to become even more rigid. The French senate has published a report on media concentration, which some observers say was prompted by the merger proposals between TF1 and M6 and the Vivendi take-over bid of Lagardère. A report to clients from […]

April 4, 2022

Netflix orders Tour de France docuseries

Netflix is partnering with ASO for a documentary series on the 2022 Tour de France Cycle race. In partnership with France Télévisions and produced by Quadbox, the series will follow the journey of eight teams participating in the famous bike race. The eight-episode documentary will take on all actors of the Tour de France, from […]

March 31, 2022

Merged TF1, M6 to take control of Salto

Following the May 17th 2021 announcement of the proposed merger between the TF1 and M6 groups, the France Télévisions group expressed its wish, if the merger is completed, to divest its equity interest in Salto (the subscription video on demand service launched in October 2020 and owned in equal shares by France Télévisions, TF1 and […]

March 25, 2022By Colin Mann

Salto: ‘Fewer than 300,000 subs’

French SVoD service Salto has marked its first anniversary substantially below its objective of one million subscribers in year one and is well below subscription numbers of rival services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+, according to reports. Launched in October 2020 by groups TF1, M6 and France Télévisions, the joint-venture, which has […]

January 6, 2022From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

Alpac Capital takes majority stake in Euronews

Egyptian tycoon Naguib Sawiris has agreed a deal to sell his majority stake in Euronews, the pan-European TV news network, to Portuguese investment firm Alpac Capital. Alpac will acquire the 88 per cent of Euronews’ shares owned by Sawiris’s Luxembourg-based holding Media Globe Networks (MNG) for an undisclosed amount. The deal should be closed by […]

December 20, 2021

Success for EBU content-sharing initiative

A pioneering European news service supported by 11 national broadcasters has garnered more than 23.5 million views in just five months. Launched in July 2021, the ‘A European Perspective’ initiative responds to surging demand for trusted news against the backdrop of conspiracy-fuelled disinformation campaigns and populist rhetoric. It is hosted by public service media from […]

December 8, 2021By Colin Mann

France Télévisions, TF1 sue Canal+ for unfair competition

French public service broadcaster France Télévisions and private broadcaster TF1 have taken legal action against Canal+, accusing the pay-TV operator of not observing release windows. The pair are seeking reparation of over €41 million, following Canal+’s decision to offer free-to-view access to its content and films on all IPTV boxes during the first Covid lockdown […]

September 29, 2021From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris