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Altice picks up Premier League rights in France

Telecommunications company Altice has dislodged pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus as the rights-holder in France for English football’s Premier League, according to multiple reports.

The deal will run for three seasons, from 2016-17 to 2018-19.

The agreement comprises exclusive rights in France and Monaco and non-exclusive rights in Andorra, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

Altice, which owns French telco Numericable-SFR, will pay about €100m ($106m) per season for the rights, according to the Financial Times newspaper.

Canal Plus pays more than €50m per season in the current cycle, from 2013-14 to 2015-16 – more than double the €24m per season the broadcaster paid in the previous cycle, from 2010-11 to 2012-13.

Bids for Premier League rights in France and nine other European territories were due to be submitted on Tuesday, as reported by TV Sports Markets.