Canal+ CEO Méheut hits out against Orange

Canal+ president general and CEO Bertrand Méheut has hit out against Orange, saying “there is no reason why a consumer should be obliged to take a triple play offer (TV, broadband, telephony) to have access to the Orange TV channels.”

Méheut also said Canal+ would invest two billion Euro in the production of (French) movies. “”it is not enough to accumulate rights, you still need to know the value.” According to Méheut, who is quoted in Le Figaro, “Just a football channel or just a movie channel will not work.”

For the first time, Canal+ is now facing serious competition from France Telecom’s Orange, which has acquired some live football rights and who is to launch a number of movie channels in October.