The Chairman of Vivendi Content has revealed he is in discussions with “all the telcos” about a new mobile-first TV and video service.
Vivendi is launching Studio+ in Latin America in October, Dominique Delport said, and intimated it would arrive in Europe a few months later.
Studio+ was unveiled in April and promises to deliver mobile-first TV series whose episodes are 10 minutes in length.
Speaking at the IBC show in Amsterdam, Delport said premium short content was “a big opportunity to create value on mobile networks”.
France-based Vivendi has invested €35m in Studio+ thus far, with €1 million invested in an unspecified number of 10 episode long series.
According to the April announcement, the company has produced content in five different languages and in 18 different countries.
Delport has a deliberate strategy to partner with telcos, as opposed to the predominantly US-based internet companies, to launch Studio+.
“You can’t win alone [in content],” he said, before bemoaning the fact that there was no European equivalent to Netflix.
“The only way to compete with Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple is with a telco.”
He added: “Our role is to promote a European culture.”
Delport did not reveal which telcos he is in discussions with, but Vodafone Germany does not appear to be one.
The operator’s CCO Dr Manuel Cubero followed Delport in presenting a keynote at the show.
He used his session to discuss Vodafone Germany’s merger with Kabel Deutschland.
“We want to position ourselves as Gigabit company,” Cubero said.
But when the two men sat down to answer questions, Cubero would be drawn on whether he was keen to work with Vivendi on its proposition.
“We have better uses [for] cash than acquiring exclusive content,” Cubero said.