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Canal+ in beIN buy rumors, shaking off Netflix embarrassment

After taking a major knock to its consumer-facing business confidence last week as Netflix charged past it, Canal+ has since discussed an ambitious international project as parent company Vivendi has apparently pledged its commitment to the French operator. It didn’t take long to spark reports about acquisition targets – namely a scoop for broadcaster beIN Sports. Local reports state preliminary discussions are already underway with the Qatari broadcaster, arriving at an awkward time for beIN in the midst of its piracy war with Saudi Arabian authorities concerning the BeoutQ copycat service. Perhaps the backing of a company like Canal+, and subsequently a mass media force in the form of Vivendi, could be exactly the drive required for beIN to win…

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