Following a spat between the Canal+ group and Al Jazeera about the new BeIn sports channels, the two parties have now reached a distribution agreement.
Canal+ is bracing itself for conditions to the TPS merger that will dramatically impact on its position in the French TV market.
The French competition authority (Autorité de la Concurrence) has opened an in-depth investigation into the 2006 merger of satellite TV operators TPS and CanalSatellite.
The five-channel bouquet Orange Cinéma Séries will launch on Canalsat on April 5.
The French CanalSat platform is dropping three channels, E! Entertainment, 13eme Rue HD and Syfy HD, from March 1 after carriage negotiations failed to renew the contract in time.
The French DTH and IPTV platform CanalSat will launch a new connected TV service called Eureka that lets subscribers find their favourite programmes.
TF1 has filed a request for arbitration with the French media regulator CSA after it was unable to reach an agreement on the distribution of six of its multichannel services with satellite distributor CanalSat.
ESPN has secured its position in the CanalSat bouquet after signing a new agreement with the French pay-TV operator.
French private broadcaster TF1 is once again reconsidering the exclusive distribution arrangement for its digital thematic channels with CanalSat. At the moment the channels, LCI, Eurosport, TV Breizh, Série Club, Ushuaïa TV, TF6 and Histoire, are only available to CanalSat customers, not via any other provider such as Orange, Free and SFR.
Microsoft has struck a deal with Canal+ to stream TV channels to the Xbox 360 game console via the Xbox Live online service. Steve Ballmer, CEO Microsoft, and Bertrand Méheut, chairman Canal+, announced the deal at a news conference in Paris.