France set to scrap €138 abolish TV licence

France’s TV landscape could soon be transformed after it emerged that plans to scrap the country’s annual audiovisual licence fee are set to be introduced later this year. The proposal, which was part of recently re-elected president Emmanuel Macron’s election pledges, will see the €138 ($143) annual charge applied to households with a TV, scrapped. […]

Vodafone Deutschland and Arte bury hatchet and strike long-term deal

Vodafone Deutschland and cultural channel Arte have formally ended their long-running dispute over carriage terms by striking a long-term distribution agreement that will also see Arte content made available on-demand via cable. The agreement between the pair will see advanced TV features such as instant restart of programmes made available to Vodafone subscribers. The Arte […]

Arte planning VOD platform

Franco-German culture channel Arte is planning to launch a video-on-demand platform in partnership with Arte Deutschland, the latter’s backers, public broadcasters ARD and ZDF and France Télévisions. Arte’s aim is to offer a streaming service bringing together the “best of European public channels” in multiple languages, according to Véronique Cayla, Arte president of Arte France, […]

Canal+ seals deal for new windowing regime

Canal+ and other French television broadcasters signed a new windowing agreement with organisations representing the French cinema industry just ahead of the Christmas break, enabling it to make movies available on its service between six and eight months after their theatrical release for the first time. Canal+ said that the agreement recognised its unique position […]

Sky Germany adds ARTE, ZDF to its Sky Online TV box

Sky in Germany is adding new apps from public broadcasters ARTE and ZDF to its Roku-powered Sky Online TV – now dubbed Sky Ticket – box. The ARTE app will let viewers watch documentaries, programmes and concerts for up to 90 days after their TV broadcast, while the ZDF will give access to some 35,000 […]

Arte to stage first Ultra HD test at the weekend

German and French cultural broadcaster Arte is due to stage its first test broadcast in Ultra High Definition at the weekend. Arte is due to broadcast, via satellite, a Vienna State Opera production of the ballet Le Corsaire on Saturday night. This will be available on Astra’s UHD1 demo channel in Germany. In France the […]

Arte launches Virtual Reality TV app

French cultural network Arte has launched a new virtual reality and immersive TV app. More than one year after making its first VR move with immersive cross-media doc series Polar Sea, about the Northwest Passage of Swedish ship Dax, Arte has again teamed up with Canadian multi-platform producer Deep Inc. to launch new mobile app Arte360. Available […]

CSA confirms plans for public channels in HD after MPEG-4 switch

French media regulator the CSA has confirmed that public broadcaster France Télévisions’ France 3, France 4, France 5 and France Ô channels will be able to air in HD and that flagship channel France 2 and cultural channel Arte will cease broadcasting in standard-definition when the country migrates its digital-terrestrial services to MPEG-4. Responding to […]

TDF provides content synchronisation for Arte app

Franco-German cultural channel Arte has tapped French media services provider TDF to enhance its Tracks second screen application with automatic synchronisation of content. Tracks allows users to view bonsus videos and supplementary information via tablets and smartphones. TDF is providing its SynchroScreen audio-based automatic content recognition technology to synchronise the delivery of information to the […]

Arte makes cross-platform virtual reality show

A new cross media experience about the Arctic region and the impact of global warming is coming to screens, combining TV, web and virtual reality elements and blending adventure, science and arts. Entitled Polar Sea 360, this project produced by Canadian companies Primitive Entertainment and Deep Inc., will start airing on November 29 on Arte, […]