Téléfoot (TV channel)
Téléfoot is a French pay television channel owned by Mediapro. Launched on 17 August 2020, it was established as part of an agreement to acquire rights to Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 football beginning in the 2020-21 season. TF1 Group serves as a content partner for channel, branding it as an extension of its long-running football programme Téléfoot.
|Slogan||La Chaîne du Foot|
(The Channel of Football)
|Picture format||576i (16:9 SDTV)|
|Launched||17 August 2020|
On 29 May 2018, Mediapro won four of the five bundles of media rights to the Ligue de Football Professionnel for 2020-21 through 2024, largely replacing Canal+ as broadcaster of most Ligue 1 fixtures. It was expected that Mediapro would establish a new pay television channel to hold these rights. In August 2019, Mediapro France appointed Julien Bergeaud as its managing director in preparation for the new rights.
In October 2019, in an attempt to bolster the proposed channel, Mediapro bid for the next cycle of French rights to the UEFA Champions League. It was unsuccessful (with the rights being acquired by beIN Sports and Canal+), but Mediapro would later reach a three-year deal to carry UEFA Europa League matches on the new channel beginning in the 2021–22 season, covering 266 matches per-season, and Europa Conference League matches. Canal+ holds the first pick of 16 Europa League matches per-season, selected UECL matches, and the finals for both.
In January 2020, Mediapro submitted an application to the Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel (CSA) for approval of the new channel, stating that it planned to charge €25 per-month, and aimed to reach 3.5 million subscribers.
On 2 June 2020, Mediapro announced that it had partnered with TF1 Group to brand the new channel as Téléfoot — an extension of the long-running TF1 football programme of the same name. As part of the partnership, TF1 will also provide editorial resources and talent for the channel, including its broadcast team of Grégoire Margotton and Bixente Lizarazu for marquee matches.
On 27 July 2020, it was reported that Téléfoot was negotiating an agreement to sub-license half of Altice/RMC Sport's rights to the UEFA Champions League for the 2020–21 season (the last season of its existing rights), as part of Altice's downsizing of its sports broadcasting business. The agreement was also reported to include carriage of Téléfoot on SFR.
On 30 July 2020, L'Équipe reported that Mediapro had reached a partnership with Netflix to offer bundles of the service with Téléfoot at a discount. It was also suggested that Netflix could provide backend support for the channel's over-the-top services, although Netflix itself will not carry the network's content. On 14 August, Bouygues Telecom agreed to carry the service. On 25 August, Iliad agreed to carry the service for Freebox. On 9 September, Orange agreed to carry the service.
On 16 October 2020, it was reported that Mediapro had missed a payment for its contract with the LFP that had been due 5 October, and that it had denied a request from Mediapro to extend its deadline. A spokesperson told L'Équipe that it had wanted to renegotiate its contract due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in France. LFP CEO Arnaud Rouger informed its clubs that it was prepared to move its media rights elsewhere if they are unable to resolve the impasse with Mediapro.
- Smaïl Bouabdellah
- Éric Huet
- Grégoire Margotton
- Pierre Nigay
- Thibault Le Rol
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