Molotov, created by Jean-David Blanc, founder of AlloCiné, and Pierre Lescure, founder of Canal+, has entered into OTT distribution agreements with a number of television broadcast partners and will be hosting over 80 French and international TV channels on its new distribution platform. Channels include TF1, France Télévisions, M6, Disney Channel, Turner, Viacom, Euronews, France 24, and TV5 Monde.
Molotov aims to add to its TV offering in the coming months with new partnerships and services, including OCS, a movie and TV show channel package and beINSports. Together with INA, the French National Audiovisual Institute – a repository of all French radio and television audiovisual archives, Molotov is also exploring the integration of its new service INA Premium.
CSA, the French Audiovisual Council, will be offered a preview of Molotov on 4 November. Molotov will then be accessible to people who registered on molotov.tv before a wider launch.
“The internet has a lot to bring to the television industry,” said Blanc (pictured, left). “We are delighted by the trust that broadcasters have placed in us by welcoming and joining our project. This allows us to showcase the wealth and diversity of TV content within a new experience.”
Lescure (pictured, right), added: “Molotov is a new service that is respectful of the creative ecosystem and right-holders. The experience, modernity and accessibility of Molotov will reinforce the attractiveness of TV content.”
Molotov’s founders hope is to revolutionise access to television, and to disrupt viewers’ habits and usage by offering a new way of accessing TV content and channels.