New French media law to oblige Netflix to invest in local production

French minister of culture Franck Riester has presented his plans for a new media law that will impose new obligations to finance local content creation on the country’s main TV channels and on streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. The plan is to force channels and video-on-demand services to devote a minimum […]

Nationally produced fiction dominates top 10 across western Europe markets

Nationally produced fiction series continue to dominate the top 10 by audience in Germany, the UK, France, Italy and Spain, with distinct variations by genre between countries and a high degree of concentration in the channels that air the most popular series, according to a study by French media regulator the CSA. All 10 most […]

Watchdog rules in Free’s favour in channel carriage dispute with Altice France

French media watchdog the Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel (CSA) has ruled that service provider Free has the right to refuse to carry the channels of Altice France and associated services. The ruling deals a blow to Altice France, which has been in dispute with Free over the terms under which BFM TV, RMC Découverte and […]

France completes 700MHz switchover

France has completed the transfer of the 700MHz frequency band from broadcasting to mobile applications. Completion of the project, which was designed to provide additional capacity for 4G and 5G mobile applications, comes over four years after the government kicked the process off. The Ile-de-France region was the first to switch, in April 2016 to […]

BFMTV basks in ratings success despite Champions League controversy

Altice France-owned news channel BFMTV has been basking in rating success following its broadcast of the weekend’s Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid, despite a bubbling controversy over whether it should have aired the match. The channel was the third most-watched channel in France as a result of airing the market, […]

IPTV reception passes DTT in France

IPTV reception surpassed digital-terrestrial TV in France last. year, according to the latest figures released by media regulator the CSA. According to the CSA’s Audiovisual Equipment Observatory report, which looks at audiovisual equipment used by households in metropolitan France, IPTV, which was running equal with DTT in 2017, has now surpassed terrestrial reception with 56.7% […]

Work still needed on OTT TV quality of service, says French watchdog

The quality of service available on unmanaged OTT TV services has improved markedly in recent years, but much still has to be done to guarantee the same level of quality available on broadcast TV, particularly for live linear programming, according to a study by French media regulator the CSA.   The report said that it […]

TDF welcomes report on future of DTT

French transmission services provider TDF has welcomed plans for the modernisation of the country’s digital-terrestrial TV network unveiled by the country’s Forum AudioVisuel Numérique (FAVN). The FAVN, which was commissioned to undertake the work by the Commission Technique d’Experts du Numérique (CTEN) organised under the aegis of media regulator the CSA, has submitted a report […]

New CSA chief outlines priorities

Roch-Olivier Maistre, named as French president Emmanuel Macron’s favoured candidate to replace Oliver Schrameck as president of media regulator the CSA, has been confirmed in his post after having been interviewed by the cultural affairs committees of the country’s national assembly and senate. Interviewed by deputies on the assembly’s committee on Tuesday, Maistre said that […]

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