Last Year Canal+ Lost 500,000 Subscribers in France


With increased competition from Netflix and Amazon, Canal+ lost a half of million subscribers in France during 2016.

However, subscribers grew by 700,000 in Africa, an underserved market until very recently.

The entire Canal+ Group currently has 11.5 million subscribers; 5.25 in France, 2.8 in Africa and 3.45 elsewhere.

The French PayTV provider also entered into a partnership with Orange and Free in Q4 2016, which added 2.9 million subscribers under the arrangement.

Production Losses

Revenues at StudioCanal their production unit fell more than 26%. There was no film on the scale of Paddington to boost revenues in 2016.

More Consolidation

The parent company of Canal+, Vivendi is mulling a deal to acquire telecom giant Orange and thus concentrating more media assets under one company.

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Any deal would likely trigger a review by the European Commission, which is set to review Fox’s proposed takeover of Sky.