August 29, 2002 |
In the popular imagination, a computer hacker is on the fringes of society--either a brilliant but misguided teenager or a solitary, disaffected adult. He's more interested in showing off his skills than benefiting from them. He values havoc over money. Canal Plus Technologies, a leading maker of the smart cards that control satellite television signals in people's homes, went searching three years ago for just such a troublemaker.
July 23, 2002 |
In a significant first step toward redefining itself, Vivendi Universal plans to sell off unprofitable portions of Canal Plus Group and float a minority stake in the remaining French pay-TV company. The move, part of a companywide effort to slash the French utility and media company's massive debt, would allow Vivendi to raise as much as $5 billion while keeping control of the powerful media property.
April 21, 2002 |
One is a Saturday matinee popcorn movie replete with bare-chested musclemen, deadly swordplay, scantily attired damsels and ancient desert kingdoms vividly created through the magic of 21st century computer graphics. The other is an irreverent Muppet-like pay television show that takes delight in skewering the French ruling class with scathing wit and nimble political humor. Both are products of global entertainment giant Vivendi Universal.
December 6, 2001 |
Vivendi Universal Chairman Jean-Marie Messier on Wednesday flagged the possibility of teaming his TV arm, Canal Plus, with the assets of U.S. cable king John Malone, saying he saw strategic sense in an alliance. Speaking at a UBS Warburg media conference in New York, Messier said linking the European programming and distribution assets of pay-TV operator Canal Plus with Malone's cable group, Liberty Media Corp., offered "the best strategic outcome."
May 15, 2001 |
Canal Plus must stop buying exclusive broadcast rights to recent French films to air on a pay-per-view basis until France's competition regulator decides whether the practice is unfair, the regulator said. The Conseil de la Concurrence imposed the measure on Canal Plus and its Kiosque unit after an initial inquiry prompted by complaints from two rivals, Multivision, a TV operator, and Television Par Satellite, France's No. 2 digital-satellite TV service.
May 2, 2001
Vivendi Universal unit Canal Plus Technologies announced a deal with WINfirst under which the U.S. fiber-optic network company will use Canal's technology to deliver interactive TV services. Canal Plus Technologies did not give financial details of the deal but said in a statement that the agreement will allow Denver-based WINfirst to offer interactive digital TV services to more than 3.7 million cable-connected households.