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Altice, Netflix Ink Global Distribution Agreement

12 Jun, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Netflix may have global access, but distribution is still a work in progress. The SVOD pioneer has signed a deal with Dutch-based telecom operator Altice offering direct-access in 10 countries — excluding the United States. The agreement begins June 13 in France.

Altice in 2015 acquired New York-based Cablevision followed by the purchase of Suddenlink to become the fourth-largest domestic pay-TV operator. Ther company has 50 million subscribers worldwide.

The agreement underscores Altice's investment in content through original productions (with third-party studios), acquisitions of series and movie rights, in addition to local and global distribution partnerships.

“Our content centric experience strategy is to expand our commitment to provide the best content to our customers combining Netflix service into Altice customer's life is making both more attractive,” Altice CEO Michel Combes said in a statement. 

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said the pact gives the streaming service’s planned 1,000 hours of original content added distribution.

“Altice's customers will be able to seamlessly access and enjoy all the best entertainment in one place,” Hastings said.

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