France Televisions

Ernotte: direct relationship with viewers an ‘existential issue’ for pubcaster

France’s new audiovisual law does not go far enough to enable public service media to withstand the onslaught of competition from global tech and media giants, and the need for a direct relationship with viewers is an “existential issue” for France Télévisions, according to the pubcaster’s director-general, Delphine Ernotte. Addressing the French National Assembly’s cultural […]

France Télévisions’ Ernotte to seek extension of mandate

France Télévisions director-general Delphine Ernotte has indicated that she will seek a two-year extension to her appointment at the helm of the pubcaster when her current mandate expires in August. Speaking to France Télévisions employees, Ernotte said that she would seek an extension to provide continuity during the implementation of the country’s current reform of […]

France Télévisions to launch new kids platform Okoo

France Télévisions will launch a new kids digital platform, Okoo, on Monday in a major initiative by the public broadcaster following the planned closure of its France 4 channel. The service will be aimed at 3-12 year-olds and will be advertising-free, and will be available free of charge to users. It will replace existing public […]

France Télévisions looking to add movies to catch-up

French public broadcaster France Télévisions is looking to extend its catch-up TV service to encompass movies as well as TV programmes, according to report by financial daily Les Echos.  Currently, only Canal+ and culture channel Arte are licensed to show movies in a catch-up window. However, according to Les Echos, France Télévisions, which has tried […]

Free signals strong opposition to Salto streaming plan

homepInternet service provider Free has communicated its vehement opposition to parts of the French broadcasters’ plans for streaming platform Salto to the competition watchdog currently assessing the project, according to a report by Le Monde. According to the paper, Free has sent a letter to the Autorité de la Concurrence outlining its concerns about plans […]

French broadcasters making concessions to secure Salto green light

The major French broadcasters involved in the Salto subscription video-on-demand project have proposed significant concessions in a bid to secure a green light from the country’s competition watchdog, according to a report by financial daily Les Echos. The paper says it has seen a confidential document that details some 20 commitments made to the Autorité […]

French authors and producers’ groups slam France 4 closure plan

French minister of culture Franck Riester has confirmed plans to close down France Télévisions youth channel France 4 along with international service France Ô, next year, to the consternation of groups representing creatives in the country. Riester’s confirmation of the closure came at the signature of an agreement on plans to ensure France Télévisions’ continued […]

France Télévisions secures victory in PlayMédia case

French public broadcaster France Télévisions has won a victory in an ongoing legal battle with online TV provider PlayMédia, operator of the service to prevent the latter from retransmitting its services. The Cour de Cassation denied PlayMédia’s claim to redistribute services subject to must-carry obligations by denying it the status of distributor. PlayMédia may […]

Long-delayed Salto reaches French competition watchdog

After months of delay, French subscription video-on-demand joint venture Salto is finally in the hands of the country’s competition watchdog, the Autorité de la Concurrence. The regulator has until July 19 to reach a decision on the project, a JV between public broadcaster France Télévisions and commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 that is designed to […]

Orange and France Télévisions providing 8K TV on 5G at Roland Garros

Orange has teamed up with French public broadcaster France Télévisions to air the first live broadcast of matches in 8K over 5G from the Roland Garros French Open tennis tournament. The pair have joined forces to air what the say will be the first ever live 8K TV images of matches from the Philippe-Chatrier court, […]

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