Canal+ Group is the largest media group in France. It is a leading producer of premium and special-interest channels as well as a leader in the distribution of pay-TV packages; in total, about one French household out of four subscribes to a Canal+Group offer. It is also a major player in free-to-air television in the country, with three national channels, and its advertising arm.
Outside of France, Canal+ has developed its operations globally in fast-growing territories. It is the leading pay-TV operator in French-speaking countries, notably in Africa. It also holds leading positions in Poland and Vietnam.
With Studiocanal, Canal+ Group is also a leading European producer and distributor of feature films and TV series.
At year-end 2014, Canal+ Group had revenues of €5.456 billion with a total of 15.3 million subscriptions and 7,033 employees.
Canal+ Group produces the six Canal+ premium television channels which are recognized for the originality, creativity and exclusivity of their content. It also distributes Canalsat, a pay-TV package featuring over 150 channels, out of which some 20 channels directly produced by Canal+ Group. In 2012, it developed its free channel division by purchasing D8 and D17. At year-end 2014, D8 was ranked fifth-largest French national channel (3.3% market share), confirming the effectiveness of the investments made in free-to-air TV.
In light of the way digital consumption modes are developing, Canal+ Group has implemented several tools: the mobile application myCanal, the subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service Canalplay and a multi-channel network (MCN) on YouTube featuring over 30 channels. In addition, it took a majority stake in Studio Bagel, the leading French comedy channel on YouTube. In 2014, to further accelerate its deployment in the sector, Canal+ Group created a new division, Canal OTT.
As it seeks to expand in Africa, in October 2014, the Group launched A+, a new television channel made by Africans for Africans. At year-end 2014, Canal+ Group had more than 1.55 million subscribers on the African continent.
In addition to its film investment obligations as a French pay-TV channel, Canal+ Group owns Studiocanal, the European leader in movies and television series. It operates in the three main European markets (France, United Kingdom and Germany), in Australia and New-Zealand.
Canal+ Group is a wholly-owned Vivendi subsidiary.