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Canal arm to bow Euro sites

$5.7 mil invested in 'Net project

PARIS — CanalNumedia, a 100% VivendiNet-owned subsidiary, will launch Canal Plus sites in Sweden and Belgium on Sept. 4, and in Norway, Denmark and Finland several weeks later. Poland and the Netherlands sites will be launched in November.

Media reports quote CanalNumedia head Philippe Bismut as saying, “In the short term there are no plans for the Canal Plus-Vivendi Internet joint venture to go public.”

The Internet sites will use the themes already developed by the pay TV giant’s French site: sports, cinema and online news. Bismut said 40 million francs ($5.7 million) had been invested in the project.

The sites will share platforms, but will also develop their own services.

CanalNumedia managing director Alain Le Gall said the subsidiary was working on creating a sports portal.

CanalNumedia, created last year, has some 30 sites, and reports 20 million visitors a month.

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