Pay-TV Channel Canal+ Seeking Third-Party Mediation In Rights Conflict With Mediapro
French pay-TV channel Canal+ has formally requested the intervention of an independent mediator to settle its differences with multimedia group Mediapro regarding contracts from last season and the next two seasons, according to EL PAIS. Canal+ assured that it took this step "because of the impossibility of reaching an agreement with Mediapro and with the fundamental objective of fulfilling its contract" for La Liga rights. The differences between Canal+ and Mediapro have caused Canal+ to retain the payments of football rights-related invoices "until the definitive price for the three seasons is established." Canal+ and Mediapro last summer "signed a contract for audiovisual broadcast rights for La Liga through the '14-15 season." This contract "included a provisional price for each season" that would be established after an audit. The agreement "also recognized exclusive broadcast rights in public places being ceded to Canal+" (EL PAIS, 7/12).