06-12-2007 : AB Group launches BIS TV Online. It seems like only yesterday that Vivendi/Canal Plus managed to solve the problem of a second pay-TV platform in France by merging with TPS (Television par Satellite). Now AB-Sat has launched a fresh attempt at securing pay-TV viewers. The “Bis” (meaning alternate or second) low-cost bundle launched in Paris on December 5 (and going live on December 10) sees a bouquet of national and digital terrestrial channels offered up for a modest €4.90 a month. Extra options including film channels can send the bill up to €13.90 a month, but still temptingly bargain-basement prices compared to Cana'lsatellite. The theory is that the offer is cheap enough to bring in tens of thousands of viewers who, for whatever reason, have yet to select satellite despite having poor local terrestrial reception. AB Group has selected Eutelsat (Canal Plus uses SES) and two of Eutelsat’s positions, its important hot bird spot at 13 deg East, and also the Atlantic Bird 3 slot at 5 deg West, which has always been popular for analogue transmission of France’s national channels. Eutelsat says there are 2m homes viewing from this position, and means that while these viewers will have to invest in a new set-top box there’s no need to reposition the dish antenna.
13-11-2007 : Children’s channel Jetix is to remain on the French CanalSat platform until at least March 31, 2008 after the two sides recommenced negotiations on the channel’s continued carriage.
27-10-2007 : Besides the new family channel, the Group has also announced the launch on October 27 of new theme channel Planète Justice.
24-10-2007 : Star Academy sur Astra 19.2° 12012 V 27500 3/4
20-10-2007 : On air on October 20, Canal+ Family will join, without any price rise, the multichannel offering Canal+ Le Bouquet. Le Bouquet already comprises Canal+, Canal+ Cinéma, Canal+ Sport, Canal+ Décalé and Canal+ Hi-Tech. It will target a family audience.