Pay-TV in France
Exclusive and original CANAL+ channels
The CANAL+ Group produces six premium channels in France providing exclusive, original and innovative programs. A general-interest channel (CANAL+) with cinema, sport, fiction, documentaries and entertainment programs as well as five high added-value channels (CINEMA, SPORT, FAMILY, DÉCALÉ AND SERIES), which produce their own programs.
The best of cinema
As the long-standing partner of the French cinema industry, the Group attaches great importance to movies. CANAL+ channels broadcast over 500 films per year, including 350 in first-time TV broadcasting, as well as the major annual cinema events, such as the Oscars, the César (French film awards) and the Cannes Film Festival.
Major sporting events
CANAL+ has developed a well-recognized expertise in sports coverage, including exclusive programs, precise and relevant commentary, analysis with expert commentators, and technical know-how. The channels cover many major French and international sporting events. LIGUE 1 (French football league), FORMULA 1, TOP 14 (French rugby league), PGA Tour, boxing… Sport on CANAL+ is not confined to live events. All year round, the channel’s magazine programs, such as the flagships CANAL FOOTBALL CLUB and CANAL RUGBY CLUB, are watched by millions of viewers. Other-not-to-be-missed programs include: JOUR DE FOOT, JOUR DE RUGBY, and FORMULA ONE LE MAGAZINE, as well as respected report and documentary programs such as: INTERIEUR SPORT, SPORT REPORTER and INVISIBLE.
CANAL+ broadcasts daily programs to report on current affairs and put them in perspective, providing an enlightening and original view of society: L’INFO DU VRAI, CLIQUE, 21 CM, etc.
Création Originale: original programs ‘made in CANAL’
Acclaimed by critics and subscribers alike, the Création Originale original series are particularly emblematic of the quality of CANAL+ programs, and their singular style contributes to the renewal of this genre. The most successful series include: HIPPOCRATE, BARON NOIR with Kad Merad, LE BUREAU DES LÉGENDES, ENGRENAGES, VERSAILLES and THE YOUNG POPE by Paolo Sorrentino with Jude Law.
At the same time, the Group offers an array of the most popular and innovative foreign series, such as BILLIONS, GOMORRA, THIS IS US, WAYWARD PINES and TABOO. The Group has exclusive rights to series from the American channel Showtime (Dexter, Ray Donovan, The Affair, etc.)
With the setting-up of the label Création Documentaire two years ago, CANAL+ decided to broadcast, during prime time, exceptional documentary films that addresspowerful issues, always on a human scale. Some of the most recent successes include RELEVE, which was selected at Tribeca in New York, TEDDY RINER at the Cannes Film Festival and EXODE, which won best documentary at the International Emmy Awards.
The best of theme channels
In addition to premium channels, the Canal+ Group produces about twenty pay-TV theme channels covering the major TV segments: cinema with the Ciné+ channels, discovery with Planète+, sport with Infosport+ and kids’ programs with Piwi+ and Télétoon. In 2017, the CANAL+ Group launched POLAR+, a detective fiction channel with the best selection of classic and previously unreleased films and series from all around the world. In April 2018, the CANAL+ and Universal Music Groups launched DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON+, an innovative channel offering exclusive and specially-selected programs to showcase the prestigious catalog of the classical music label. Other plans for channels and services are underway, including CSTAR HIT France, a music channel dedicated to French pop music.
Under the brand CANAL, the Group provides a simple and attractive offering including the Canal+ channels and all the theme channels, with or without a minimum subscription period. Subscribers build their packages around the Canal+ channel, which becomes the point of entry to the whole CANAL range.
The CANAL+ Group distributes its range through specific subscriptions for satellite, ADSL, DTV, cable, fiber, smarphones and Internet.
These channels are sold directly by the Group (particularly over the Internet) and through a physical distribution network that includes almost 2,000 points of sale (large retail outlets, specialized stores and telecom operators’ stores). The range is also available on Internet service providers’ distribution platforms.
Moreover, following agreements with most Internet providers, CANAL channels are sold directly in the TV packages of Free, Orange and Bouygues.
Since 2018, the CANAL+ Group launched a new 8-tuner satellite/Internet decoder for ultra-fast browsing and unrivaled show quality with 4K-Ultra HD and Dolby Atmos sound. With its new sleek and intuitive interface, the new decoder enables CANAL to be received throughout the house, using a mini-decoder that connects automatically via WiFi.
- NEW USES
The Canal+ Group is a pioneer in digital TV and new ways of watching television in Europe, due in particular to its myCANAL application and multi-screen distribution.
myCANAL gives access to the content of CANAL+ and the Canal range, live or on demand, as well as all related services via a single point of entry, irrespective of the equipment used. For subscribers, there is also the possibility of using a single subscription on several screens within a household. myCANAL offers the possibility of viewing CANAL+ programs and up to 10,000 Canal programs on catch-up or download.
Innovation is at the core of this service with content that is accessible in multilingual versions and HD adaptive streaming to ensure optimal viewing, regardless of network quality; live-broadcast control and start over to rewind until up to eight hours before the live broadcast; download manager to be able to watch programs even offline; and lastly, support and customization on all screens.