Orange, Vivendi discuss pay-TV sale - Mobile World Live

Orange, Vivendi discuss pay-TV sale

18 NOV 2022

Orange entered into exclusive talks with fellow French company Vivendi to sell its OCS operation, the second-largest pay-TV business in the country by subscribers, Reuters reported.

The news outlet’s sources stated informal talks between the pair began a few months ago and have now progressed into something more concrete.

Vivendi is looking to merge Orange’s OCS play, which has around 3 million subscribers, with its Canal+ offering and mount a bigger challenge to US streaming giants including Netflix.

Canal Plus is reportedly France’s largest pay-TV platform with around 9.6 million subscribers. However, Netflix alone boasts around 13 million subscribers in the country.

For Orange, a sale would see it take a step back from a wider strategy launched five years ago to strengthen its presence in the field of content.

The company outlined plans in 2017 to create a new unit bringing together large portions of its content divisions, including Orange Studio, OCS and Orange Prestations TV.

At the time, it also committed to investing €100 million in TV series over five years.

Any sale would require approval from the French competition authority. A value for the the unit was not disclosed.

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