Canal Plus' French digital satellite operation, CanalSatellite, will add several new channels and interactive services to its line-up this autumn, most of which will be derived from its alliance with media and publishing giant Lagardere. Canal Plus has also said it expects the service to reach break-even this year as subscriptions grow 20-30%.
The digital pay-TV operator - which carries some 230 channels and interactive services and expects to reach 1.5 million subscribers by October - has announced that it expects subscription sales of $550m (FFr4bn) in 2000 while revenues from interactive services will climb to $96m (FFr700m).
Among the new channels are Mini J, aimed at two to seven year olds, while new interactive services will be based around Lagardere media properties covering cooking, wine, film and cars. CanalSatellite will also to carry French public service channels France 2 and France 3 - previously broadcast exclusively on rival platform TPS - following the adoption of the new Broadcasting Law in August.