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 […]

French DTT candidates to submit proposals tomorrow

Candidates have until tomorrow to submit proposals for six new HD digital-terrestrial TV frequencies on offer in France. According to financial daily Les Echos, commercial broadcaster TF1 plans to submit a proposal to obtain a slot for its lifestyle channel Stylia, rather than TV Breizh, as previously expected. TF1 will also submit proposals for a […]

M6 launches Xbox service with SyncTV

RTL Group-backed French commercial broadcaster M6 has chosen connected TV technology specialist SyncTV to deliver an over-the-top TV service for Microsoft Xbox 360 games consoles. The service, which launched on December 21, allows viewers to access M6 shows including The Good Wife, Hawaii 5-0 and NCIS via Xbox consoles. “Apart from being one of the […]

TF1, M6 decline to play ball on Euro 2012 rights

French commercial channels TF1 and M6 have declined to make a new, higher offer for the rights to the UEFA Euro 2012 football tournament following news that Al Jazeera had placed a €130 million bid, according to French press reports. Despite requests from UEFA to re-evaluate their offer, the two broadcasters have categorically refused, according […]

France to annul bonus channels law

The French government is preparing a law that will formally withdraw the allocation of so-called bonus channels on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform to broadcasters TF1, M6 and Canal Plus. The move comes after the European Commission judged the plan to award the channels illegal. French media regulator the CSA last month launched an appeal for […]

CSA to launch appeal for DTT channels on Monday

French media regulator the CSA is to issue its appeal for candidates to launch six new channels on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform next Monday, CSA president Michel Boyon has announced. The move follows the decision last week by the French government to launch six new channels on the platform in place of awarding so-called bonus […]

French government abandons bonus channels plan

The French government has abandoned plans to award so-called bonus channels on the digital-terrestrial platform to the country’s commercial broadcasters as part of its plan that will see six new HD channels launch on the platform. Under plans confirmed yesterday, media regulator the CSA will launch a tender for candidates to launch new channels on […]

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 […]

M6 seeking free DTT berth for Paris Première

French commercial broadcaster M6 wants to launch its pay TV channel Paris Première as a free-to-air service on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform. The move by M6 follows the acquisition by pay TV provider Canal Plus of Bolloré-owned channels Direct 8 and Direct Star with the aim of expanding its presence in the free-to-air market. M6 […]

M6 renews CBS output deal

French commercial broadcaster M6 has renewed its output deal with Hollywood studio CBS Studios International. 
The move will give M6 access to all of CBS’ latest slate of programming and movies as well as series in forthcoming years. CBS Studios International’s latest raft of series includes Sarah Michelle Gellar-fronted drama Ringer, cop drama The 2-2, […]

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