For Canal Plus, It's Tough Being On Top

Facing rivals and regulators, can the French media giant stay there?

On Sept. 1, the battle for Europe's couch potatoes is going to get hot. French media giant Canal Plus aims to expand its early lead in Europe's fledgling digital satellite pay-TV market by launching a slew of new programming. With 112 satellite channels and services, soccer fans will be able to watch every top-league match, children will be able to download video games, and the unemployed can scan Europewide job listings on the "Tomorrow" channel.

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