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Canal Plus fare to hail 20th year

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Canal Plus, Gaul’s pioneer web in the world of pay TV, celebrates its 20th anniversary today.

The paybox, launched Nov. 4, 1984, is marking its birthday with an extensive ad campaign and a week of best-of programming.

France’s first cable network has 4.9 million subs — a nice told-you-so to an industry that pooh-poohed the idea of pay TV at the time of Canal Plus’ inception.

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