France Télévisions piloting targeted advertising on DTT platform

French public broadcaster France Télévisions has teamed up with transmission services provider TDF to test responses to addressable advertising in the Le Mans area on digital-terrestrial TV. Two of the pubcaster’s channels – flagship service France 2 and France 4 – will be able to offer advertising that is targeted at a geographic level. The […]

Molotov to launch hybrid offering on Samsung TV

French OTT TV platform Molotov is to become available on Samsung smart TVs. Samsung owners will be able to access the service from the fourth quarter of this year. The integration of Molotov will enable viewers with Samsung smart TVs to view live over-the-air TV programmes as well as OTT services via the Molotov app […]

TDF takes minority stake in Molotov

French digital-terrestrial transmission services provider TDF has taken a minority stake in OTT TV operator Molotov as part of a wider strategic partnership between the pair to create a hybrid TV offering combining Molotov’s OTT delivery with DTT. TDF said it sees Molotov’s platform as a way to provide a more comprehensive TV experience to […]

TDF acquires ITAS to consolidate transmission services market

French transmission services provider TDF has agreed a deal to acquire smaller rival ITAS. TDF has struck an agreement with Gilles Bastard, ITAS’s majority shareholder, to acquire the group. Completion of the acquisition is expected before the end of the year. TDF said that growing competition between TV distribution platforms, including the growth of fibre […]

TDF acquires live event specialist Ad Valem

French transmission services provider TDF has acquired Ad Valem, a company specialising in live event broadcasts. TDF has acquired 100% control of Ad Valem, which offers OTT  and IPTV solutions as well as satellite broadcast services for live sports and cultural events. The company operates its own fibre network, two teleports and a fleet of […]

Ultra HD, high dynamic range demo staged in France

A demonstration of an Ultra High Definition, high dynamic range broadcast at 50 frames per-second on existing networks has been held in the Brittany region in France.  Technology partners Envivio, Images and Réseaux, Orange, SeaEvents, TDF, Technicolor and Thomson Video Networks worked together to broadcast the French leg of the Volvo Ocean Race in Lorient, […]

TDF and Rai begin LTE-A+ trials

French transmission services provider TDF and Italia public broadcaster Rai this week began trial LTE-A+ mobile TV broadcasts in Paris and Aosta.  The trial is based on a ‘Tower Overlay’ concept developed by the Technische Universität Braunschweig in 2013. US outfit GatesAir is a partner in the project, which is also supported by Expway and […]

Investor group closes TDF acquisition

A group of investors comprising Brookfield Infrastructure Group, Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments), APG Asset Management N.V. and Arcus Infrastructure Partners have completed the acquisition of French transmission services provider TDF in France.  The closing follows an offer to acquire the company in August last year. CEO Olivier Huart said: “TDF’s new shareholders are […]

TDF names media services chief

French transmission services provider TDF has named Aymeric de Cardes as director of its media services division, comprising Arkena and Mediamobile. De Cardes replaces Julien Seligmann, who has left the company. He will report to CEO Olivier Huart and will joint TDF’s management committee. De Cardes was previously head of M&A and corporate development and […]

TDF provides content synchronisation for Arte app

Franco-German cultural channel Arte has tapped French media services provider TDF to enhance its Tracks second screen application with automatic synchronisation of content. Tracks allows users to view bonsus videos and supplementary information via tablets and smartphones. TDF is providing its SynchroScreen audio-based automatic content recognition technology to synchronise the delivery of information to the […]