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French media regulator the CSA has confirmed that it has withdrawn approval it earlier granted for the launch of 16 mobile TV services, signalling the death-knell for broadcast mobile TV in France.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

Canal Plus condemns reported CSA proposals as threat to European content creation

Canal Plus has reacted angrily to a report in Le Point magazine that revealed regulator the CSA would recommend a series of strongly restrictive measures to counter the market power of the pay TV operator in its submission to France’s competition authority. The competition regulator asked the CSA to submit its opinion on the market […]

CSA rejects free-to-air move for Paris Premiere

French media regulator the CSA has rejected a renewed approach by commercial broadcaster M6 to change its digital-terrestrial pay TV channel Paris Premiere to a free service, according to a report in daily La Tribune. M6 had originally applied to change the channel to free-to-air in May last year, but the move was rejected by […]

France names six new HD channels for DTT network

French regulator the CSA has unveiled six new channels on the country’s digital terrestrial television (DTT) service. The regulator has approved licences for TF1’s movie and drama channel HD1, M6’s family network 6ster, Amaury’s sports channel L’Equipe HD, Nextradio TV’s documentary station RMC, NRJ’s female skewing network Cherie HD and diversity channel Tvous la Telediversitie. […]

French politicians at odds over timing of digital-terrestrial decision

A political row has broken out in France over the timing of the award by media regulator the CSA of frequencies for new channels on the digital-terrestrial platform. Socialist party presidential candidate François Hollande’s culture and media spokeswoman, Aurélie Filippetti, has called for the decision to be delayed until after the forthcoming election. However, Franck […]

France’s connected TV commission sets to work

Following last month’s creation of a commission to study the impact and need for regulation of connected TV, French media regulator the CSA has revealed further details of how it is to operate. Emmanuel Gabla, the head of the commission, has announced the creation of five study groups to study different aspects of the question. […]

CSA to launch commission on connected TV in France

French media regulator the CSA is to create a commission to study the development of connected TV in the country. Emmanuel Gabla (pictured, left), the CSA board member in charge of internet and new services, said that, even though only about 5% of French homes had a connected TV today, the regulator believed connected TV […]

CSA receives 31 DTT proposals, Canal Plus pulls out

French media regulator the CSA has received 31 proposals to launch services on six new HD digital-terrestrial channels to be allocated this year. However, pay TV operator Canal Plus is not amongst the applicants. Commercial broadcaster TF1 has proposed the launch of a domestic fiction-focused channel code-named HD1, shopping channel Tendances 24 and female-skewed lifestyle […]

ARCEP’s Combot moves to CSA as deputy director-general

Michel Combot, former deputy director-general of French telecom regulator ARCEP, has joined media regulator the CSA, also as deputy director-general. Combot replaces Jean-Marc Salmon, who becomes deputy director-general at spectrum frequency agency the ANFR.

MCE TV expected to apply for DTT frequency

French student-oriented channel Ma Chaine Étudiante TV (MCE TV) is expected with the next few days to apply for one of the six available new slots announced by media regulator the CSA on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform, according to local reports. MCE TV is currently available on cable and IPTV services. Other channels seeking a […]