myCanal is to shortly launch in Africa as the Canal+ OTT service makes its debut on the PS5 and Xbox consoles.
The platform is also introducing a ‘profile’ on a per user basis, similar to that seen on Netflix and the BBC iPlayer.
According to Canal Plus Group chairman Maxime Saada, myCanal has become a “major strategic player for the group”, with the OTT representing between 30 and 40% of subscriber acquisitions.
Saada is well aware of the rapid uptake in streaming services – myCanal currently used by three quarters of French subscribers – and is in talks with both HBO and Apple TV to find a way that the US streamers can place their content on myCanal too.
Following the November 19 launch on the two gaming platforms, myCanal will be made available on the desktop macOS and there are also plans for LG connected TVs to also host the app.
After the deployment next year in Africa, other overseas territories will be pursued “we will approach Asia, then the rest of Europe,” said Saada.
Canal Plus has an installed base of 20.4 million subscribers including 8.6 million in mainland France.