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French reporter Emmanuel Paquette from L'Express has published an article on Netflix's attempts to woo French Internet access providers to integrate their service into their IPTV networks. France still leads the IPTV market with 11.05 million subscribers, representing over 50% of French broadband lines. According to the article, Orange is the most preferred partner in the current negotiations.
...If Free is still in the race, the ideal candidate remains Orange with its subscriber base - the largest in France. Not only does it have over 10 million customers in fixed broadband Internet in France, but it is also present in Spain (1.59 million) and Poland (2.3 million), and could move forward to future potential markets for the group U.S.
"The negotiations are more advanced with this operator's interest to sign up with Netflix before one of its competitors do not," said a source, who requested anonymity.
"We met their leaders repeatedly confided already in 2011, Stéphane Richard , CEO of Orange. We seek to understand this model a huge success, to inspire us. "The group attempted to establish its own SVOD service in France but also abroad based on its website Dailymotion . But the acquisition costs from studios rights to movies and TV series were too high and calmed the heat.