French news channel launching on Dish
France 24 will be available 24/7 to subscribers on July 14International news channel France 24 will link up with Dish Network and its 15 million U.S. subscribers, appropriately enough on July 14, which is Bastille Day.
The deal with the Dish platform aims to offer French-speaking audiences and Francophiles a Gallic-inflected alternative to other foreign-sourced news stations.
The channel will be available 24/7 to subscribers of the French bouquet on Channel 660.
France 24 was launched in 2006 and currently broadcasts in French, English and Arabic throughout 160 countries reaching 125 million TV households. No financial details of the deal or revenue split between the partners were made available.
Since its launch, France 24 has been available in English to select TV markets in the United States. It has strengthened its position across the country thanks to the Galaxy 23 satellite, which allows access to most cable TV providers.
"We believe there is a growing interest in the U.S. for news content coming from a variety of sources and origins," said the newsie's CEO Christine Ockrent. "One-third of our website's users already live in the U.S. We were the first French TV on iPad, and we got fabulous ratings from American bloggers. We are now happy to launch our French signal on Dish World, especially on such a symbolic date as Bastille Day."