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Iliad revenues up 8% in Q1

French telco Iliad has reported that its performance in Q1 2023 was is in line with its full-year 2022 outlook, with a strong commercial showing and an increase in revenues. Despite a much more unfavourable economic context than in first-quarter 2022 as well as higher growth capex in France, operating free cash flow generation remained […]

May 17, 2023

France: Free launches AVoD service  

Internet service provider Free has launched its first AVoD service in France – a film and drama series offering branded OQEE Ciné. Exclusive to Freebox subscribers, the service is accessible, limitless, at no additional charge, straight from their TV or via a dedicated OQEE by Free app. At launch, OQEE Ciné boasts 300 movies, series, […]

March 7, 2023From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

Senegal: Avanti, Free to build satellite gateway

Avanti Communications and Free in Senegal have announced a five-year partnership agreement under which Free in Senegal will build and host a new satellite gateway in Senegal for Avanti’s HYLAS 4 Ka-band satellite. The new gateway will extend the coverage of Avanti’s latest satellite, HYLAS 4, to Senegal and the neighbouring West African countries of […]

May 23, 2022

UEFA Champions League final free on BT Sport

BT Sport is making the finals of the 2022 UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League available for everyone in the UK to watch for free whether on TV, online or on mobile. All three finals will be available for free on the BT Sport website, the BT Sport YouTube channel, […]

May 13, 2022By Nik Roseveare

Netflix scraps free trials

Netflix has confirmed that it is no longer offering 30 day free trials in the UK or the US. The company said in a statement: “Free trials are not available, but you can still sign up and take advantage of all Netflix has to offer. There are no contracts, no cancellation fees, and no commitments. […]

October 15, 2020

Pubs exempt from Premier League PPV charges

With fans not yet permitted into stadiums, the Premier League has chosen to make the additional non-televised matches available on a pay-per-view basis. Starting this weekend Sky and BT Sport will be making these additional matches available to viewers via Sky Box Office and BT Sport for £14.95 each. However, Sky Business and BT Sport […]

October 14, 2020By Nik Roseveare

France: 5G spectrum auction brings €2.8bn

The 5G spectrum auction by French telecom regulatory body Arcep has seen French operators spend €2.78 billion. Orange has won the highest quantity among the eleven 10MHz lots of 5G frequencies in the GHz 3.4-3.8 band, paying €854 million. Its total range of frequencies, (including previous allocations) total 257MHz, the largest on the market. SFR […]

October 2, 2020From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

France: 5G spectrum auction starts

French telecom regulator Arcep has launched the country’s 5G spectrum auction which had been delayed as result of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown. Operators Bouygues, Orange, Free and SFR are the four players taking part to the bidding which will allocate the eleven 10MHz lots still available into the GHz 3,4-3,8 frequency band. The […]

September 29, 2020From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

All September Premier League to be televised

All 28 Premier League fixtures in September will be televised live, with Leicester City’s home match against Burnley to be broadcast free-to-air on the BBC, as matches continue to be played behind closed doors. Sky Sports and BT Sport have already selected 17 matches for live broadcast for the first three match rounds of the […]

September 9, 2020By Nik Roseveare

Free to distribute Téléfoot

Spanish TV group Mediapro has reached an agreement with French operator Free to distribute its new football TV channel Téléfoot. The deal comes following the group’s recent agreement swith SFR, Netflix and Bouygues. The four year deal will allow subscribers to Freebox ADSL and Fiber to watch Téléfoot. This is the latest step in Mediapro’s […]

August 27, 2020From David Del Valle in Madrid