French telecom provider Orange launched the Cinema Series, a subscription-based, multi-platform TV service, yesterday. The cable service brings Internet-style viewing to French TV. “Orange is offering cinema addicts a new way of watching films and TV series. Apart from traditional broadcasting, all programs are available on demand and can be watched on any screen at any time depending on the circumstances.” There are five channels: Orange cinemax, for HD blockbusters; cinehappy, a family channel; cinechoc, for action films; cinenovo, for independent films; and cinégéant, for classic films.

Orange will also be the exclusive provider of current HBO series and miniseries, including the great True Blood and Generation Kill, as older shows like The Sopranos and Six Feet Under. Warner Brothers, MGM, HBO, Gaumont, BAC FGilms, Wild Side Films and Fidélité Films have also entered into agreement with Orange.

“Orange cinema series offers its subscribers more than 1,200 films, 1,000 hours of TV series, 200 documentaries and 300 hours of children’s series each year."

Subscribers will be able to watch the content on five different screens, on TV, PC, and portable video players. Subscriptions are €12.00/m for TV and PC, €6 for mobile.

By Mark Alvarez