SFR to withdraw from ADSL TV?

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 04-12-2012

French telco SFR, a Vivendi company, is set to withdraw from ADSL pay-TV and VOD after which those services will be handled by its sister company Canal+, according to the BFM TV website.

The operator, which must make drastic choices as it plans job cuts, is to stop producing its own TV bouquets like Selection and Grand Spectacle and VOD offers to lean on a new partner, the site says, adding that talks with Canal+ are ongoing.

Both bouquets claim 300,000 subscribers, and SFR has judged them as not being profitable enough, according to the BFM TV site, and sees the best solution as being the sale of Canal+'s own pay-TV offers, which include Canal+ and Canalsat.

The BFM TV website asserts that SFR will though continue to offer a free-of-charge basic bouquet as well as optional channels such as BeInSport or OCS.

At the end of 2011, SFR global pay-TV offers reached 450,000 subs and accounted for €60 million revenues, while VOD services brought in €32 million.

Neither SFR nor Canal+ has confirmed these rumours.