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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 […]

TDF to expand digital-terrestrial UHD trial

French media regulator the CSA has authorised transmission services provider TDF to use a third digital-terrestrial channel to pilot UHD TV services in the Île-de-France, Nantes and Toulouse areas. TDF will add DTT channel 83 to channels 81 and 82, which have been in service since 2014. The channels are distributed via three digital-terrestrial frequencies. […]

Belgian regulators lay out plans for open fibre and cable networks

Belgian network operators including Proximus and cable operators Telenet and Brutélé will be forced to open up their networks to rival broadband and TV providers, and to offer broadband as a standalone product following a market assessment by the country’s principal regulators. The four regulators that form the Conference of Media and Telecom Regulators (CRC) […]

French regulations responsible for CanalPlay collapse, says Saada

Restrictive rules governing the distribution of content will kill off French fiction in the international market if they remain unchanged, according to Canal+ CEO Maxime Saada, who has blamed France’s competition regulator for a disastrous fall in subscriber numbers at the pay TV operator’s SVOD service CanalPlay. Saada, addressing a French senate committee last week, […]

CSA Lab: digital-terrestrial vital to future of audiovisual business

The modernisation of France’s digital-terrestrial TV platform is necessary and a revamped platform could be delivered in time for the Paris Olympics in 2024, according to French media regulator the CSA. According to a report on the future of the audiovisual industry by the CSA Lab, the DTT platform remains vital in view of the […]

IPTV penetration in France equals terrestrial TV for first time

Penetration of IPTV in France equaled that of terrestrial TV for the first time in the fourth quarter of last year, according to statistics provided by media regulator the CSA. IPTV and terrestrial TV were both present in 55% of French homes at the end of Q4. The terrestrial total includes a smaller number common […]

French SVOD market still underdeveloped despite fast growth

The French subscription video-on-demand market remains underdeveloped compared with other European countries, both in its economic value and in its level of penetration, according to a study compiled by French media regulator the CSA and the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC). The study found that there were 65 SVOD services active […]

France set to slash SVOD window lag for ‘virtuous’ players

Eutelsat chairman Dominique d’Hinnin is expected to present his report calling for reform of France’s strict content windowing rules to culture minister Françoise Nyssen tomorrow. D’Hinnin’s report, which was commissioned last year, is expected to call for ‘virtuous’ subscription video-on-demand services that make a financial contribution to French content contribution to be able to distribute […]

French watchdog outlines plans for 4K UHD TV DTT platform

French media regulator the CSA has outlined plans to develop a new digital-terrestrial multiplex that will facilitate the launch of 4K UHD TV channels and other new services. The new multiplex will serve as an experimental platform for DTT broadcasters and will serve as a showcase for UHD TV services, according to the CSA. The […]

CSA chief calls for ‘European Hulu’

European media groups needs to come together to create something like a “European Hulu”, according to Olivier Schrameck, director-general of French media regulator the CSA. Speaking at an event at the Université Paris 2 Panthéon Assas, Schrameck said that such an initiative would “of course” have to take into account “the variety of languages and […]