Free Canal+ for some French IPTV subs
Competition is ramping up in the French IPTV market, with two operators offering free access to Canal+ premium channels for short promotional periods.
IPTV penetration in France is world-leading, with some 5.6 million IPTV subscribers by October 2008. There are three major operators, Iliad’s Free, Neuf Cegetel and France Télécom’s Orange TV, the first two of whom plan the free Canal+ bouquet.
For two weeks, ending March 23, Free is letting all subscribers view the Canal+ bouquet of Canal+, Canal+ Sport, Canal+ Cinéma, Canal+ Décalé and Cinal+ family. From March 23 to April 2, Neuf Cegetel is mounting a similar offer.