Here’s why for 48 hours you can no longer watch the series “Game of Thrones”, “The Sopranos”, “Six Feet Under”, “Sex and the City”, “The Wire” in France…

Here’s why for 48 hours in France you can no longer watch the series “Game of Thrones”, “The Sopranos”, “Six Feet Under”, “Sex and the City”, “The Wire”… In fact, since the On January 1, the three million subscribers to the Orange channel package will no longer have access to about sixty series branded HBO, the specialized website Numerama reported.

Only the latest seasons are still available, such as seasons 1 and 2 of “The White Lotus”, season 1 of “House of The Dragon” (prequel to “Game of Thrones”) or season 3 of “Succession”. For others, series enthusiasts can now turn to… DVDs and Blu-rays or buy episodes online.

In question: the end of the exclusive distribution contract that has united HBO and OCS since 2017, their collaboration goes back more generally to the creation of the French bouquet in 2008, which had made it its most important asset. It was HBO that decided not to renew this contract, in order to reserve its programs for its home streaming platform, HBO Max, a time expected in France, we explain at OCS.

But the 2022 merger of WarnerMedia, its parent company, with Discovery changed the situation, the new group, Warner Bros Discovery, plans to merge the HBO Max and Discovery + platforms, which are also not available in France. Hence the immediate absence of a television station for these productions, which are popular among series fans.

Contacted by AFP, the Warner Bros Discovery group said it wanted to “share its content as widely as possible with the French public”.

“Discussions are ongoing,” the same source added, and plans to “say more soon,” without further details.

In the absence of an exclusive TV provider, agreements could be made on a case-by-case basis with the various platforms established in France – including OCS -, especially for the series “The last of Us”, adaptation of the video game of the same name expected in mid-January across the Atlantic, or the sequel to “House of The Dragon”.

Loss-making and for sale, OCS is currently the subject of negotiations between Orange and Canal+.

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