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Canal boosts SVOD offerings with Disney deal

The agreement includes fresh titles for the French broadcaster's digital service as the appetite for on-demand expands across Europe.
October 8, 2015

Canal Plus has renewed a major licensing deal with Disney to secure fresh content for the French broadcaster’s SVOD and linear services.

The deal, which begins in January, gives Canal first run feature film titles such as Marvel’s Captain American: Civil War, The Jungle Book and even Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the much-anticipated installment in the Star Wars saga, due for release Dec. 18. Other Star Wars titles such as The Phantom Menance, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi are also part of the package, which covers the scope of Disney’s holdings, including Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Studios, Disney Pixar and Lucasfilms.

CanalPlay, Canal’s SVOD service, will continue to carry programming from Disney-owned ABC Studios on demand how long for cialis to work titles, which includes Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Desperate Housewives and Castle. The deal also extends to Disney Movies on Demand titles, such as Cinderella, Robin Hood, Cars, Monsters, Inc. (pictured) and Toy Story.

The deal feeds a growing appetite for OTT and, in particular, SVOD, in France, and across western Europe. A Research and Markets report published in June projects OTT and digital video revenues in 15 western European countries, including France, to $13.72 billion by 2020. Of the estimated $9 billion in revenues to be added between 2014 and 2020, the U.K. will contribute $2.15 billion, Germany $1.6 billion, France $1.19 billion and Italy $1.12 billion, the report states.

Another report, by NPA Conseil, found Netflix is expected to have 900,000 subscriptions in France by end of 2015, and projects that number to grow to 1.8 million by 2016 and 2.7 million by 2018.

Disney, meanwhile, certainly hasn’t been holding back on sending its Star Wars content into the global VOD and SVOD arena. Last month, for example, the company dropped the complete six-episode Star Wars franchise on China’s Tencent, which is behind the country’s largest streaming and social media platforms, WeChat and QQ. The hub was created in the wake of a deal with Disney and 20th Century Fox that grants the company exclusive transactional VOD cialis tbl 20mg n2 and SVOD rights for the property in mainland China.

With a file from Wendy Goldman Getzler, Kidscreen

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