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France Télévisions

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

Qvest Media selected by France Télévisions

Qvest Media has developed and implemented a centralised media archive infrastructure for France Télévisions. The systems architect and ICT integrator for media technology was also handling the secure data migration for the project. The aim of the collaboration between Qvest Media and the public service TV broadcaster headquartered in Paris was to integrate a centralised […]

September 14, 2021

European PSB news-sharing initiative

Ten public service broadcasters (PSBs) are set to change the way in which Europeans consume news by using online tools to overcome language barriers and share diverse content from across the continent. Led by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the broadcasters are launching ‘A European Perspective’, a collaborative news service that enables audiences to access […]

July 1, 2021By Colin Mann

Accedo launches sports offering

Accedo has announced the launch of a range of innovative video solutions designed specifically for the sports market. Accedo for Sports combines Accedo’s product and service offerings with those of select partners to support rights-holders, broadcasters and sponsors in creating and growing their video business. As the impact of Covid-19 continues to be felt across the […]

February 18, 2021

France: Salto is 20% of new SVoD sign-ups

French streaming service Salto, a joint-venture between TF1, M6 and France Télévisions, captured 20 per cent of all new SVoD subscriptions during the final quarter of 2020. Managing director Thomas Follin told AFP that Salto was the third most popular platform in France, behind Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. At the end of December, press […]

February 10, 2021From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

EBU ‘trusted news’ initiative

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has unveiled what it describes as a “pioneering” online initiative that will enable public service media to transcend language barriers and offer their audiences trusted news content produced by counterparts from across Europe. This multilingual content will provide a pan-European perspective on issues of key interest to national audiences such […]

January 27, 2021By Colin Mann

VUALTO protects France Télévisions content

VUALTO, an on-demand video streaming and DRM provider, has announced that France Télévisions, the French public broadcaster and leading audiovisual group in France, has chosen to implement VUALTO’s digital rights management solution, VUDRM, to protect and deliver its audiovisual content across all its digital platforms. Fernando López Navarro, Technical Head of Digital Video Distribution, France […]

December 2, 2020