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 […]

Watchdog marks France Télévisions report card

French media regulator the CSA has given public broadcaster France Télévisions a broadly positive report on the first year of execution of its plan for the 2016-20 period, while highlighting areas that still need improvement. According to the regulator, the pubcaster has gone some way towards upping its game in support of French and European […]

Canal+ files complaint on lifting of TF1 and M6 obligations

Vivendi-owned French pay TV operator Canal+ has filed a complaint with the country’s Conseil d’État contesting the legality of media regulator the CSA’s decision to relax a number of obligations that were previously applied to commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6. Canal+ is challenging the CSA’s decision to allow TF1 to play adverts during its news […]

French homes’ viewing devices revealed

French households now have an average of 5.5 screens, but the TV still reigns supreme with 94% penetration, according to statistics compiled by the country’s media regulator the CSA. According to the CSA’s Observatoire de l’équipement audiovisuel des foyers study, close to two thirds of households have one or more TVs connectable to the internet. […]

CSA boss opposes reintroduction of advertising on pubcaster

Olivier Schrameck, the chief executive of French media regulator the CSA, has expressed his opposition to any return of advertising on public broadcaster France Télévisions’ main channel after 20:00. Speaking to Le Monde newspaper, Schrameck said that public service broadcasting had a specific role to play and that the introduction of advertising would have a […]

French watchdog mulls new DTT multiplex for UHD TV services

France’s media regulator the CSA has opened a public consultation on the future of the country’s digital-terrestrial TV platform, introducing the idea of launching a new multi-city multiplex that could be used to launch UHD services. To improve quality and make space for new services including UHD, the consultation will also consider the possibility of […]