French government mulls expansion of free DTT offering

The French government wants to authorise the launch of six new channels on the country’s digital-terrestrial TV platform, according to local reports. A meeting of ministers is expected this week to take a firm decision. According to Le Figaro newspaper, the government is minded to ask regulator the CSA to launch an appeal for bids […]

TF1 reportedly ready to abandon free-to-air plan for LCI

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has abandoned its attempt to migrate its information channel LCI from pay to free-to-air on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform, according to local press. According to Le Figaro newspaper, the broadcaster is close to signing a new carriage deal with pay TV operator Canal Plus. However, the broadcaster told the paper that […]

SFR adds France Télévisions’ Pluzz to on-demand service

French service provider SFR has made public broadcaster France Télévisions’ catch-up TV service Pluzz available as part of its video-on-demand offering. From today, Pluzz will be available to SFR’s Neufbox Evolution customers. The service offers catch-up content from the public broadcaster’s five TV channels for seven days after their initial broadcast. Pluzz can be accessed […]

MyTF1VOD offering US shows via Facebook

French broadcaster TF1’s video-on-demand service MyTF1VOD is making US series available via Facebook for the first time. To accompany its ‘Series en Direct des USA’ VOD offering, MyTF1VOD will provide access to shows via its Social Premium VOD Séries Facebook application. Having launched its first foray into Facebook VOD in June with a show fronted […]

L’Equipe TV looking to go free-to-air

Following TF1’s request for information channel LCI to be moved to free-to-air on France’s digital-terrestrial platform, L’Equipe TV’s owner wants to do the same for the sports channel. L’Equipe director-general François Morinière, interviewed on the Le.Buzz.Media web show from Orange and Le Figaro, said that he believed sport could be an indispensable addition to the […]

Free-to-air LCI would send “bad signal” on future of pay TV

Allowing TF1-owned information channel LCI to go free-to-air would send “a very bad signal” about the future of pay TV on France’s digital-terrestrial platform, according to Frédéric Mitterrand, the country’s minister of culture and communication. In an interview on TF1, Mitterrand denied that he was delivering a judgement on the case ahead of media regulator […]

Meheut says Canal Plus will contest TPS merger ruling

Vivendi president Bertrand Meheut has said Canal Plus will contest the French competition regulator’s decision to reverse its authorisation of its merger with rival pay TV service TPS five years ago. In a development that shocked the pay TV operator, the regulator last week reversed its green light for the merger on the grounds that […]

Canal Plus claims record viewing for

French pay TV operator Canal Plus’s portal recorded 45 million videos viewed in September, with an average of 1.6 million views per day, up 197% year-on-year. Canal Plus said the growth was due to the success of flagship programmes including Le Grand Journal, SAV, Le Petit Journal, Les Guignols, Bref and its Champions League […]

CSA begins examining channels’ quota obligations

French media regulator the CSA has begun examining whether the country’s pay TV channels met their licence obligations to support local production last year. The regulator said that a number of channels – Beur TV, Demain TV, 3A Télésud, Best of shopping, M6 Boutique and Co, Ma Chaîne étudiante, Berbère TV, KTO and No Life […]

Bouygues to launch next-generation set-top

French ISP Bouygues Telecom is to launch a next-generation combined set-top box before the end of the year, according to local reports. The launch of the set-top, which will provide internet and TV access in a single device and has been dubbed the ‘one box’, will include a 350GB hard drive and 1GB RAM, and […]