The CANAL+ Group has developed its pay-TV business abroad through the intermediary of its subsidiary Canal+ International, which has 11.9 million subscribers in its zone of coverage (Africa, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, the South Pacific, Poland and Vietnam). The Group recently launched a business activity in Myanmar in partnership with the leading private Burmese media group, the Forever Group.
CANAL+ has been present on the African continent for over twenty years and, to date, is broadcast in over twenty-five countries, through twelve subsidiaries and more than thirty partners and distributors. With its “Les bouquets Canal+” package (over 200 channels, radio channels and services), the Group is the leading pay-TV operator via satellite in French-speaking Africa and totaled 4.9 million subscribers at end December 2019.
CANAL+ produces twelve premium channels for the continent (the Canal+ entertainment channels are available in regional versions, as well as cinema, sport, series and family channels) and produces programs specifically for its subscribers on this continent: Le Parlement du Rire, Réussite, Talents d’Afrique, etc. The success of the channel A+ shows the strong appeal of Canal programs on the African continent.
The CANAL+ Group also launched a DTV offering in early 2016 under the brand Easy TV. Through its subsidiary, Thema, CANAL+ gives its subscribers access to the channels Nollywood TV, Novelas TV and Gospel Music TV.
In parallel, the CANAL+ Group developed a SVoD application for smartphones in collaboration with IROKO named IROKO +. This service offers content such as Nollywood, telenovelas in French-speaking Africa and A+ programs.
- French overseas territories
Canal+ International is the leading pay-TV group in French overseas territories and operates from its subsidiaries in the Caribbean (French West Indies, French Guiana and Haiti), in the Indian Ocean (Reunion Island, Mayotte and Mauritius) and in the Pacific (New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Australia), where the Canal+ range is distributed offering Canal+ channels and over 200 theme channels, radio channels and services. Through its subsidiary Canal+ Telecom, Canal+ International also markets a combined Internet/telephone package called Canalbox.
Poland is the third largest market for the CANAL+ Group, via its nc+ platform and a subscriber base of 2.7 million users (end 2019).
nc+ offers eights premium channels from the CANAL+ family and seven theme channels, thereby proposing the most comprehensive range of TV programs in Poland, particularly in the sporting field with the best of Polish and European football: the Champions’ League available exclusively on the nc+ channels, the Europa League, the English Championship and the Polish League. nc+ also holds the main broadcasting rights for the most popular sports in Poland, such as handball, speedway and basketball. Cinema is also at the core of the offering, with over 300 movies in exclusive first transmissions on CANAL+, including most of the productions from the major Hollywood studios. CANAL+ is also committed to local productions with, notably, the original work Belfer, which proved very successful. In addition to its TV offering, nc+ is also an Internet + telecom operator through a partnership with a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO).
Canal+ International has a presence in Vietnam with K+, a satellite package of local and international channels jointly owned with the Vietnamese public television network. The package includes in particular four premium channels K+ (K+1, K+NS, K+PM, K+PC) produced by the Group. An over-the-top (OTT) application was launched in 2016, free of charge for DTH subscribers (myK+) and on a paid basis for prospects (myK+ NOW). The K+ range enjoys a large distribution network with over 2,300 points of sale and 45 of its own stores (K+ Store). The CANAL+ Group has operational control over K+, in which it holds a 49% stake.