Canal+ and Orange create 50/50 JV for movie channels
Pay TV operator Canal+ and Orange France are to create a 50/50 joint venture to merge Orange’s Cinéma Series channels with Canal Plus-owned TPS Star.
According to the pair, the venture will combine Canal Plus’s editorial expertise with Orange’s technology delivering interactive elements and multi-platform distribution.
The new service will be called Orange Ciné Star, which will be marketed as a premium service by both operators via Orange’s IPTV and satellite networks and the CanalSat platform. The channel will also be available to third-party operators.
Orange and Canal Plus have agreed to maintain the existing four Orange Cinéma Series channels – Orange ciné happy, Orange ciné choc, Orange ciné novo and Orange ciné géants. The two companies have also committed to respect their obligations to support French cinema production.