Altice (France)

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The reluctance of French pay-television platforms to pay a minimum guarantee to carry Mediapro’s new Téléfoot channel has become a huge obstacle to the Spanish agency’s prospects for finalising distribution deals before the start of the new domestic football season.

Mediapro’s accusation of impropriety in the Uefa Champions League tender process in France has cast a cloud over a record rights-fee outcome for Uefa in the country. But the agency’s threat to take Uefa to court may not be credible, industry experts told SportBusiness Media.

Uefa, European football’s governing body, could be on the verge of a sharp downturn in Champions League media-rights revenues for the 2021-24 cycle, with specific factors in the key UK and France markets exacerbating a broader price correction already anticipated for similar high-profile properties.

Pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus’s surprise move to share all its English Premier League rights in France for the 2019-22 cycle with telco Altice was related to a carriage deal secured late last year with the company, SportBusiness Media understands. This deal enabled Canal’s platform to show RMC Sport channels, allowing it access to the Uefa Champions League.

The English Premier League has benefited from a second successive strategic bid for its rights in France but that did not prevent a fall in their value

Spanish agency and production group Mediapro and telco Altice have finalised a deal to co-broadcast Uefa club competitions next season in France and allow Altice’s SFR platform to distribute the agency’s new…

Spanish agency and production group Mediapro has reportedly reached an agreement with telco Altice to co-broadcast Uefa club competitions next season in France, and allow Altice’s SFR platform to distribute t…

Telecoms group Altice has launched a bid to claim back a portion of its annual €350m ($385m) investment in Uefa Champions League and Europa League broadcast rights in France.

French telco Altice has announced plans to gradually exit the pay-television sports rights market as part of a raft of measures designed to protect its audio-visual business

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Interview with Didier Quillot, chief executive of the Ligue de Football Professionnel, about the league’s new domestic media-rights deals for Ligue 1, from 2020-21 to 2023-24.

IMG’s packaging of Euroleague and Eurocup basketball rights has led to another big increase, this time in France from a deal with SFR Sport

Canal Plus’ loss of Champions League rights – announced late this week – is a blow to the broadcaster, softened slightly by its recent extension of Formula One rights.

Strong competition is expected between France’s main pay-television broadcasters for Uefa Champions League, Formula One and European rugby rights, with all three properties currently on the market.

SFR Sport lost out to French pay-television rival Canal Plus in a fourth round of bidding for International Basketball Federation (Fiba) events this month, but added the Diamond League to its slow-growing portfolio of sports rights.

Increasing the number of live Premiership Rugby matches broadcast had an “immediate and tangible” impact on its international distribution and income, according to the league’s commercial director Dominic Hayes.

Industry experts believe the Portuguese sports-rights market is set to stagnate for the foreseeable future after the country’s three biggest telcos took equal stakes in dominant pay-television broadcaster Sport TV, ending any possibility of competition between them.

Portuguese telco Nos has won the battle for premium domestic football rights, beating rival Altice to deals with nine more clubs.

Telco Altice last week blindsided French broadcasters to acquire Premier League rights in the country with a knockout first-round bid.

Interview with Nicolas Rotkoff, chief executive of entertainment and sports for Altice, on the telco’s acquisition of English Premier League media rights in France.

The closure of Canal Plus-owned sports channel Sport Plus has provided French basic-tier broadcaster Ma Chaîne Sport with another opportunity to boost its portfolio, after last month’s deal for domestic basketball rights.