Canal Plus: If At First You Don't Hook Up...

Canal Plus finally lands a big deal in digital TV

French broadcaster Canal Plus may yet win the battle for Europe's couch potatoes. On Sept. 6, the $2 billion French pay-TV company agreed to merge with Nethold, nudging out a bid from Hughes Electronics of Los Angeles. The $1.8 billion deal would give Canal Plus an additional 1.5 million subscribers in Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, and Poland.

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