Canal+ and M6 slam CSA rejection of free-to-air move

French media regulator the CSA has given a green light for TF1-owned news channel LCI to become a free-to-air service, but has rejected requests from Canal+ and M6 Group to enable their respective channels, factual service Planète+ and entertainment channel Paris Première, to make the same transition. The CSA said that it had judged that […]

Canal+ to close Planète+ Thalassa

Canal+ and France Télévisions plan to close their joint marine life-focused factual channel Planète+ Thalassa at the end of the year. Canal+ revealed the plan to close down the channel in a programming bulletin this week, without giving further details. France Télévisions, which originally broadcast Thalassa as a documentary strand on France 3, had a […]

CSA holds fresh hearings on move to free DTT

French media regulator the CSA will this week hold public hearings on the impact of the possible migration of digital-terrestrial pay TV channels LCI, Paris Première and Planète+ to the country’s free-to-air platform. The move comes after the French Conseil d’État in June overruled an earlier CSA decision on the move by TF1, owner of […]

French regulator rejects move by three to free-to-air DTT

French media regulator the CSA has rejected moves to take TF1-owned news channel LCI, M6-owned entertainment channel Paris Première and Canal+-owned documentary channel Planète+ to free-to-air status, crushing TF1’s hopes of taking the news channel in particular off the struggling digital-terrestrial pay TV platform. In coming to its decision, the CSA said it had studied […]

A+E Networks partners with Canal+

A+E Networks and Canal+ Group will launch “multiple channels” in the second part of 2013 as part of a long-term strategic partnership between the two firms in France. The channels will launch through the Planet+ factual group on the CanalSat pay TV platform with exclusive access to A+E Networks’ catalogue of factual entertainment programming. A+E […]