- Canal+ Group
company_name = Groupe Canal+ SA
company_type = Private
Bertrand Meheut(President & CEO)
Rodolphe Belmer (Deputy CEO)
industry = Media
products = Pay TV
Film production & distribution
revenue = gain €3,407 million (2005)
parent = flagicon|France
homepage = http://www.canalplusgroup.com
Canal Plus Group (Canal+) is a French
filmand televisionstudio and distributor. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vivendi and has a film library in excess of 5,000 films. Vivendi has sold some parts of Canal Plus to private investors which are still using the name of Canal Plus. It is headquartered in Issy-les-Moulineaux, in the suburbs of Paris.
Canal+(49%) — Premium & theme channels; the Netherlands, Poland, Franceand Spain
StudioCanal— a feature film production and distribution studio
In the Netherlands, Poland, France and Spain the flagship product is a television channel, Canal+. The channel is encrypted for most of the day (except in Spain); viewers who wish to watch the channel's more popular programming (new-release movies and live sport) must subscribe to the service. Previously this involved the hire of a decoder to decrypt the signal, but increasingly Canal+ is being offered as part of a multi-channel satellite or cable television package (known as CanalSat [previously Canal Satellite] in France, Cyfra+ in Poland and Digital+ in Spain).
Canal Plus came to the Nordic countries in 1997, acquiring the two
FilmNet-channels and renaming them. The Nordic part was sold in October 2003 to the Telenor-owned Canal Digital, and the Canal+ brand has since been used with license.
Formerly Canal Satellite Numérique, a pay satellite and
ADSL televisiondistributor (as CanalSAT DSL).
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