Altice president says French pay-TV broadcaster remains confident over soccer assets.
Altice president Alain Weill has said he is confident that the company’s French pay-TV broadcaster RMC Sport will retain rights to English and French soccer’s premier club competitions.
Negotiations are reportedly being held with Canal+ to ensure that the RMC channels continue to show Premier League matches when the French broadcaster regains rights to the competition from next season.
RMC still holds rights to the Uefa Champions League and Europa League until 2021, though it will need a sub-licensing agreement with Canal+ to retain a piece of the Premier League pie.
Similarly, the Spanish rights agency Mediapro is to take on domestic Ligue 1 rights from 2020, as part of an over-the-top (OTT) offering that will further dilute RMC’s position as one of largest sports rights offerings in France.
Despite concerns, Weill told media on Sunday that the company had “no worries about the fact that we will continue to show the Premier League next season on RMC Sport”.
He continued: “For various reasons, there is no communication on the subject at present but we have no particular concern since the allocation of rights to Canal+. They are a partner with whom we work today around football.”
Canal+, which regained exclusive Premier League rights in France last November, will reportedly pay €90 million (US$103 million) per season to English soccer’s top flight through to the end of the 2021/22 campaign.
However, the network has apparently entered further discussions with the Premier League around the potential to sub-license its non-exclusive rights to RMC, three months after outbidding its rival for the privilege.
A deal could potentially see Canal+ receive rights to RMC’s Champions League and Europa League rights, though Weill said “it is too early to say” whether an agreement can be made.