Altice Group has been awarded ad Barclays Premier League exclusive broadcasting rights in France and Monaco and non-exclusive rights in Andorra, Luxembourg and Switzerland for the three seasons from 2016/17 to 2018/19.
“We are very pleased that Altice has chosen to invest in our broadcasting rights for seasons 2016/17 to 2018/19,” Premier League Executive Chairman, Richard Scudamore, said in his statement.
“Altice has an established track record as a global telecommunications company and we look forward to working with them to deliver high-quality coverage of the Premier League to our many fans in France, and the other territories for which Altice has acquired our rights.”
Nicolas Rotkoff, Altice Entertainment and Sports CEO, said: “We are extremely pleased and excited to have entered into this new and long-term partnership with the Premier League, the world’s most admired football championship. This is another big step for Altice’s investment strategy to provide the best in class TV content and broadband packages to its customers across the world.”
About Altice Group
The Altice Group is a multinational cable and telecommunications company with a presence in France, Israel, Belgium & Luxembourg, Portugal, French West Indies/ Indian Ocean Area and Dominican Republic (“Overseas Territories”) and Switzerland.
Blow to Canal Plus
This deal, however, comes as a blow to Vivendi’s Canal Plus whose current three-year contract to broadcast the same cost it €65m a year. This loss comes less than three months after Vincent Bolloré, chairman at Canal Plus said that he is planning a huge investments in further Tv rights.
Canal Plus, however, still has the rights to broadcast the French Ligue 1 championship, which it is expected to extend from 2016 with the addition of an extra live game per week.