Orange mulls suspending Orange Sport

Owing to the current judicial procedures launched by Canal+ Group and competing telcos, France Télécom’s commercial brand Orange announced that it could suspend the sale of its new channel Orange Sport.

This option follows the decision in February of the Paris Court of Commerce asking France Télécom to stop tying the subscription of Orange Sport to the sale of a triple-play offer before March 24. The action was initiated by competitors Free and SFR.

Orange has appealed the judgement but needs to make a choice before next Tuesday, March 24.

Two other options are being studied by Orange : to pay the €50,000 daily fee or broadcast Orange Sport via satellite.

Should the company decide to expand distribution, while Orange may lose out in terms of exclusivity, it could sign up more subs to the channel, which as with all sports channels, is expensive to run.