TF1 close to sharing World Cup rights?

Written by Pascale Paoli Lebailly

French private network TF1 is on the verge of a deal with Canal+ and France Télévisions to share the costs and broadcasting of the forthcoming 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa, but issues stand in the way of an agreement.

According to the French press, TF1, which bought the rights to all 64 matches for a total amount of €120m, would live broadcast the 28 most attractive meetings, with 40 broadcast both live and non-live on sport subsidiary channel Eurosport.

But the group would then have sublicensed to public broadcasters France 2 and France 3 some 30 matches that would be co-broadcast with pay-TV service Canal+. Vivendi’s channel would also offer non-live broadcast of TF1’s matches.

For this agreement, France Télévisions would pay around €25m and Canal+ €8m.

But the operation has not been concluded yet as Canal+ stands against non-exclusive mobile rights while TF1 would like to exploit on mobile the matches it will not broadcast, as well as those it will.

© Rapid TV News 2010