The French Competition Authority again conditionally clears a merger in the TV-broadcasting sector (Canal Plus / D8 and D17 TV Channels)

The Autorité de la concurrence again clears, subject to remedies, the acquisition of D8 and D17 by Vivendi and Groupe Canal Plus.* The commitments made by GCP and Vivendi are identical to those made at the time of the 2012 clearance decision with the exception of the one related to the acquisition of the rights to French films, which has been strengthened. On 2 April 2014, the Autorité de la concurrence again cleared, subject to several commitments, the acquisition by Vivendi and Groupe Canal Plus of the companies D8, D17, Direct Productions, Direct Digital and Bolloré Intermédia. Brief historical overview 23 July 2012: the acquisition of the free-to-air channels D8 and D17, previously known as Direct 8 and Direct Star, by Groupe Canal Plus was authorised by the Autorité de la

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French Competition Authority, The French Competition Authority again conditionally clears a merger in the TV-broadcasting sector (Canal Plus / D8 and D17 TV Channels), 2 April 2014, e-Competitions Bulletin Media, Art. N° 65329

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