Pascale Paoli-Lebailly ©RapidTVNews | 15-07-2011

France 24 has revealed the full extent of its aggressive expansion plans over the last few months which have now resulted in the French international news channel being available to four million new European homes.

In Northern Europe, the channel asserts it has doubled its distribution in Finland following its launch on two cable TV platforms: the offering resulting from the Welho and DNA merger (630,000 subscribers), and on Elisa (330,000 subs). From January 2012, the channel will be licensed to broadcast on DTT in the Helsinki region.

Further east, the channel has also inked five new major contracts In Russia. Its English version has been launched on three new IPTV operators Rostelecom (200,000 subs), Stream TV (82,000 subs) and JSCTV (20,000 subs) as well as on the mobile offer BeelineTV. This platform includes 400,000 3G subscribers.

France 24 has also signed an agreement with the CrystalTV portal, a mobile TV application already downloaded by 1,750,000 users mainly in Russia.

Throughout Europe, France 24 has concluded several other agreements in the last six months, mostly in Bulgaria (Blizoo, 300,000 subs), Slovenia (Telemach, 70,000 subs), Austria (Liwest, 40,000 subs), Macedonia (Makedonski, 30,000 subs), and Romania (Telemach Digital Cable Systems, 50,000 subs).