CSA pulls plug on mobile TV, withdraws TPS Star frequency

French media regulator the CSA has confirmed that it has withdrawn approval it earlier granted for the launch of 16 mobile TV services, signalling the death-knell for broadcast mobile TV in France.

The CSA decided to withdraw its approval in February on the grounds that the commercial case for the launch of channels was far from proven, and that the companies concerned had failed to designate a multiplex operator charged with implementing the launch of services.

The CSA had originally licensed TF1, M6, NRJ 12, I-Télé, Eurosport France, Direct Star, NT1 Remix, Direct 8, BFM TV, W9, Orange Sport Info, EuropaCorp TV, Canal Plus, France 2, France 3 and Arte to launch services on the platform, known in France as Télévision Mobile Personelle (TMP).

Separately, the CSA has accepted Canal Plus’s request to rescind its award of a digital-terrestrial frequency for TPS Star, following the pay TV operator’s decision to close the channel down. The regulator said its move was not intended to prejudge the Competition Commission’s decision on whether Canal Plus had the right to close the channel.