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Canal Plus Group launches streaming TV service in France

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Canal Plus Group has launched a new budget streaming TV service that brings its linear channels and on-demand content under a single platform.

The service, called TV Plus, comes several weeks after competing streaming platforms by TF1 and M6 debuted in France.

TV Plus will offer 80 live channels — including TF1 and M6 — along with more than 20,000 hours of content each month for just €2 per month (about U.S. $2.15 per month).

The service is intended to compete with Molotov, a streaming pay television service owned by American media company Fubo.

“The TV Plus service addresses two market needs: It aggregates content under a single point, in order to simplify the viewing experience, and it is compatible with all new TV viewing habits,” Canal Plus said in a statement, which The Desk translated from French.

TV Plus subscribers will see many of the same benefits available in the standalone Canal Plus app, including the ability to create watch lists and download on-demand content for offline playback.

The service will allow four simultaneous streams from a single account, and will recommend content based on a user’s viewing habits, Canal Plus said.

One thing missing from TV Plus: The flagship Canal Plus premium cable network. Still, the service will offer a curated selection of Canal Plus original programming, including “Baron Noir” and “Tokyo Vice,” the company affirmed.

TV Plus debuts this week across connected TV platforms like Android TV (Google TV) and Apple TV, along with Android and Apple phones and tablets. It is also compatible with Google’s Chromecast and Apple’s Airplay 2 slinging protocols.

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