Today, Canal+, a French premium television channel, has tweeted out a small video, showcasing the Disney+ logo, along with their own, with the words bientot avec, which mean “soon with”.
Last month, Disney officially announced that Disney+ would be coming to some countries in Western Europe on March 31st 2020, including the UK, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Spain and France. So this deal with Canal+ wouldn’t effect French customers subscribing as usual, but would just allow Canal+ to offer Disney+ content, in a similar way to how they offer Netflix content.
Canal+ will be available as an add-on or in part of a bundle package. This deal looks to have locked out other providers, Orange, Free or SFR. No pricing details were announced.
As part of the deal the Canal + will continue to broadcast Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucas Film and 20th Century Fox films, including the next Star Wars, Avengers or Avatar. And they’ve now exclusive distribution of the Disney channels in France (Disney Channel, Disney Junior) and will also continue to offer the National Geographic, Voyage and Fox Play channels.
Disney’s Kevin Mayer told Les Echos (Google Translated)
What is most important for us is to meet the demand of future consumers by offering them, locally and in the way that best suits their habits, the content they want to see. The agreement with Canal + is the only one of its kind concluded in the world to date, with the exception of that with Verizon, an American telecom operator of very high quality. With Canal +, whose brand is completely in line with that of Disney, what we wanted is a powerful distribution partner capable of promoting our services in a high-quality brand environment.
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