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Access granted

PARIS — French TV viewers can now access programs from private network M6 for free on the Web thanks to its new M6 Replay service set to launch next week, M6 said Thursday. M6 Replay will allow viewers to watch 95% of programs airing on the network from 6 p.m. to midnight as soon as one hour after their broadcast and for up to seven days. The service, which will go live March 19, is free, available to non-subscribers and classified in four different categories: U.S. and French fictional series, informational shows, news briefs and entertainment programs.

Orion's dealt

FRANKFURT, Germany — The German cartel office is giving the green light to cable giant Kabel Deutschland's acquisition of 1.2 million subscribers from competitor Orion Cable for €585 million ($907 million). A KDG spokesperson on Thursday confirmed media reports that the deal would be waved through. Official approval is expected by early April. The Orion deal will allow the cable giant to market directly to subscribers, something it hopes will foster the rollout of its full line of services.

India fest looms

NEW DELHI — The sixth annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles will open April 22 with Richie Mehta's "Amal" and close April 27 with the world premiere of "Mumbai Cutting ... A City Unfolds," featuring the perspective of 10 leading Indian directors on Mumbai. Andy Bird, Walt Disney International chairman, and Timmy Kandhari, PricewaterhouseCoopers India partner and leader of entertainment and media practice, will share the 2008 Industry Leadership Award. The festival will conclude with separate jury and audience awards for best feature, documentary and short.