×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

French TV Networks France Televisions, M6, TF1 Launch Subscription-Based VOD Service to Rival Netflix

France’s public broadcaster France Televisions is joining forces with the country’s top two commercial networks TF1 and M6 to launch Salto, a subscription-based VOD service in order to compete with Netflix and Amazon.

The service will boast an offer comprising news programs, sports, light entertainment, French and U.S. drama series, documentaries and films. Salto will allow users to access programs on-demand and well as original, exclusive content. The service will aimed at being distributed via a broad range of telecom operators.

France Televisions, TF1 and M6 already have VOD platforms, France.tv, MYTF1 and 6Play, and the idea for Salto is to complement these services, said the networks in a release.

All three TV groups will launch a joint company which will be dedicated to operating Salto.

Delphine Ernotte Cunci, president of France Televisions, applauded the launch of this service which “marks a milestone for the future of France’s TV sector.” “Faced with global services, Salto will allow our users to access a wide range of services and showcase the best of French and European creation.”

Meanwhile, Gilles Pelisson (pictured), TF1’s boss, pointed out Salto will give the three groups enough ammunitions to overcome challenges in the years to come. Nicolas de Tavernost, president of M6, said M6 has been actively pursuing a digital strategy to catch up with changing viewing habits.

France Televisions is currently being reformed, along with other broadcasting services, by the French government. The group comprises five national TV channels and has an audience averaging a 28.3% market share.

TF1 is France’s top free-to-air group with five free-to-air channels. Its flagship channel, TF1 remains France’s most-watched channel with an average of 20% market share. These French channels are also involved in pre-financing French and European series and films as part of quotas imposed by local broadcasting authorities.

Similar initiatives are currently being discussed elsewhere in Europe, notably in the U.K. where talks between BBC, Channel 4 and ITV have recently been reported, said Philippe Bailly, media analyst at NPA Conseil, adding that the goal of these European players is to partner up in order counter the hegemony of GAFFA’s — Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • 1982 El Gouna Festival

    Egypt's El Gouna Film Festival Puts Arab Helmers at Center Stage

    The upbeat state of Arab cinema will be on the screen and in the balmy air at Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival (Sept. 19-27), which is steadily gaining traction in its stated ambition to become a key platform and solid driver for Middle-East producers. “This year was one the best for Arab cinema,” says Intishal [...]

  • Star Skipper Paramount Animation

    Meet Star Skipper, Paramount Animation's Magical New Trademark Logo Character

    Studio logos are powerful signals to audiences.  Multiple generations of moviegoers flipping through channels or scanning streaming titles have frozen at the sight of a desk lamp hopping across the screen, because it means a Pixar movie is about to play. Likewise, when a young boy lounging inside a crescent moon casts his fishing line into [...]

  • Sybil

    Cannes Competition Movie 'Sibyl' Finds North American Home With Music Box (EXCLUSIVE)

    Music Box Films has acquired the U.S. and Canadian rights to Justine Triet’s darkly comic drama “Sibyl,” which competed at Cannes and had its North American premiere at Toronto in the Special Presentation section. Represented in international markets by mk2, the film follows the ambiguous relationship between Sibyl, a jaded psychotherapist (Virginie Efira, “An Impossible [...]

  • Kent Jones Directs 'Diane'

    Kent Jones to Exit New York Film Festival (EXCLUSIVE)

    In a surprise move, New York Film Festival’s director and selection committee chair of seven years Kent Jones will step down following this year’s 57th edition, which runs Sept. 27-Oct. 13. The departure comes as Jones’ feature filmmaking career is taking off. Issues of potential conflicts of interest have arisen as his work has moved [...]

  • Ava-Mark-Split

    Ava DuVernay, Mark Ruffalo Selected for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Honors

    Ava DuVernay and Mark Ruffalo have been selected by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation for its fourth Annual Patron of the Artists Awards. The awards will be presented on Nov. 7 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. The show benefits the nonprofit SAG-AFTRA Foundation and is not televised. Previous SAG-AFTRA Foundation Patron of the [...]

  • Wes Anderson

    Fox Searchlight Buys Wes Anderson's 'The French Dispatch'

    Fox Searchlight Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch,” extending the indie studio’s long collaboration with the filmmaker. The company has released four of Anderson’s films, including his two most recent pictures, “Isle of Dogs” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” “The French Dispatch” is described as “a love letter to journalists” [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content