French channels launch Windows 8 app

October 26, 2012 11.22 Europe/London By Robert Briel

France 24, Monte-Carlo Doualiya and RFI are launching a radio and TV app on Windows 8.

The app exploits all the features of the new Windows environment for tablets and PCs that will also soon be available on smartphones too.

Audiovisuel Extérieur de la France’s (AEF) media, the company that operates the three French overseas channels, have opted “for an increasingly innovative multi-platform distribution strategy and are today the only media to provide a comprehensive international news offer in three languages (French, English, Arabic).”

The new multilingual service will feature the live broadcast of all three media (television and radio), on-demand programsme, live blogs as well as news articles and alerts, allowing internet, tablet and mobile phone users to keep abreast of all the latest international news.

The app already exists in French, English and Arabic and will be available shortly in nine other languages: Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Persian, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Hausa and Swahili.

“We are pleased to be able to accompany the major development that Microsoft has pulled off with Windows 8 right from the start,” said Frédéric Bonnard, head of new media, in a statement.

“For us it is important to offer the best of our radio, TV and web media with a multilingual app for this very innovative operating system. We want to ensure that we are always present on all the new distribution channels and this new app signals another phase of our multi-platform worldwide expansion.”