OCS (TV channel)

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OCS
CountryFrance
Broadcast areaFrance, Switzerland, Mauritius
HeadquartersParis, France
Programming
Language(s)French
Original audio track
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Ownership
OwnerGroupe Canal+ (100%)
History
LaunchedNovember 13, 2008; 15 years ago (2008-11-13)
Former namesOrange Cinéma Séries (2008–2012)
Links
Websiteocs.fr

OCS, or previously known as Orange Cinéma Séries, is a group of French pay television networks dedicated to films and series owned and operated by Orange S.A.

The channels launched on November 13, 2008, as part of the company's new direct-to-home satellite service and was exclusive to Orange TV.

OCS is composed of three channels and a streaming service. OCS broadcast almost all their series in English with French subtitles in simulcast with the American broadcasting, but they also broadcast series dubbed in French or French series. From November 2008 to December 2022, OCS was holding the French rights to HBO production.

Since 2012, OCS TV package is now available from Bouygues Telecom, CanalSat, Numericable, Orange TV, SFR and Tahiti Nui Satellite. All subscribers have the option to subscribe to OCS with their TV distributor. OCS is also available through multi devices.

History[edit]

On 25 November 2011, Canal+ took a 33% share in Orange Cinéma Séries. Originally exclusive to La TV d'Orange, Orange Cinéma Séries joined CanalSat on 5 April 2012. On 22 September 2012, Orange Cinéma Séries became OCS to show its expansion bouquets other than Orange TV.

On 10 October 2013, OCS Happy was merged with OCS Max; OCS à la demande became the multiplatform service OCS Go; and OCS Novo was replaced by OCS City, specialised in TV series and HBO productions.

Since 2008, OCS have an exclusive contract with HBO, but other channels like Canal+ Séries can broadcasts reruns of HBO series. In 2017, OCS's contract with HBO became stricter, giving complete exclusivity to OCS.

The suite also includes a streaming service, OCS Go, who simply became OCS in 2019. Content is provided by exclusive contracts with Warner Bros., HBO, MGM and Fidelity as well as non-exclusive contracts with Gaumont, SND, BAC and Wild Side.[1]

On 2 August 2017, OCS was launched in Switzerland on Teleclub Premium. It is also available on the Ciné-Séries bouquet of Canal+ since March 2019.

In December 2022, OCS deal with HBO ended with HBO productions leaving OCS from January 2023 onwards. Following that, OCS closed OCS City, the channel that was in charge of HBO programs, and merged it with OCS Choc to create OCS Pulp.[2]

On January 8, 2023, Canal+ Group has announced they're acquiring both OCS and its production house, Orange Studio, which Canal+ previously owned the minority stake on Orange's pay TV arm and film division.[3]

TV channels[edit]

Channel Type Launched
OCS Max Blockbusters, comedies, family and teen films 2008
OCS Geants Classic films
OCS (previously OCS Go) Streaming service 2013
OCS Pulp Independent, arthouse, action, thriller and horror films 2023

Defunct TV channels[edit]

Channel Type Notes Launched Closed
OCS Happy Family and teen channel Programs have been moved to OCS Max 2008 2013
OCS Novo Independent and art house films Became OCS City
OCS Choc Action, thriller and horror films Merged together and became OCS Pulp 2023
OCS City Independent, art house films and programs from HBO 2013

Series[edit]

OCS Max[edit]

This list includes programs from OCS Happy who have been moved to OCS Max.

OCS Choc (2008-2023)[edit]

OCS City (2013-2023)[edit]

OCS Pulp (2023-present)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Orange sets November launch for movie bouquet". broadbandtvnews.com. October 9, 2008.
  2. ^ Elsa Keslassy (October 19, 2021). "HBO Max France: Canal Plus Executive Vera Peltekian Set to Lead Original Programming (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved October 26, 2021.
  3. ^ "Canal+ Finalizes Acquisition of Orange's Pay TV, Film Subsidiaries in France". Variety. January 8, 2022. Retrieved January 10, 2022.

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