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|Key people||Bertrand Meheut (President & CEO)
Rodolphe Belmer (Deputy CEO)
Film production & distribution
|Revenue||€4.712 billion (2010)|
Canal Plus Group SA (Canal+) is a French film and television studio and distributor. It is controlled by Vivendi and has a film library in excess of 5,000 films. Vivendi has sold some parts of Canal Plus to private investors which are still using the name of Canal Plus. It is headquartered in Issy-les-Moulineaux, in the suburbs of Paris.
- Canal+ (100%)—Premium & theme channels; the Netherlands, Poland, France and Spain
- MultiThématiques (100%)
- StudioCanal (100%)—a feature film production and distribution studio
- NC+ Poland (75%)
- CanalSat (100%)
In the Netherlands, Poland and France, the flagship product is the television channel Canal+. The channel is encrypted for most of the day; viewers who wish to watch the channel's more popular programming (new-release movies and live sport) must subscribe to the service. Previously this involved the hire of a decoder to decrypt the signal, but increasingly Canal+ is being offered as part of a multi-channel satellite or cable television package (known as CanalSat[previously Canal Satellite]in France, Cyfra+ in Poland and Digital+ in Spain).
Canal Plus came to the Nordic countries in 1997, acquiring the two FilmNet-channels and renaming them. The Nordic part was sold in October 2003 to the Telenor-owned Canal Digital, and the Canal+ brand has since been used with license.