On Friday the Canal + group interrupted access to the channels of the TF1 group, due to lack of a broadcasting agreement.
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A little reminder. In a letter sent on Friday 2 September to the president of the board of directors of Canal +, Maxime Saada, the Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul Malak, asked the Canal + group to restore the transmission of the TF1 channels on its TNT Sat offer which makes it possible to receive DTT channels in areas where terrestrial coverage is poor.
This ministerial request was made following the decision by Canal + to stop the transmission of the free channels of the TF1 group (TF1, TMC, TFX, TF1 Séries Films and LCI) on the occasion of the renewal of the distribution agreement between the two parties, in particular to cause of the payment obligation “very substantial pay”Vivendi-owned group announced Friday.
“I appeal to your sense of responsibility and general interest to avoid depriving hundreds of thousands of families of reception of all DTT channels”, hasten Rima Abdul Malak in this post that franceinfo was able to consult, confirming information from Parisian. “Without interfering in the commercial dispute between the two groups and in a negotiation that is part of contractual freedom”the minister explains yes “be careful that the negotiations between publishers and distributors do not lead to blocks that could compromise the access of all audiences to the free offer of digital terrestrial television” (DTT).
Gold, “The interruption of the signal of the channels of the TF1 group on the TNT Sat offer deprives people who can only receive DTT via satellite of any access to the five free channels of the TF1 group”, emphasizes Rima Abdul Malak. And “This situation does not comply with the intention of the legislator, which was to guarantee full coverage of the territory by the DTT by forcing the DTT channels to make their signal available free of charge to a satellite distributor that requests it”remember.
For its part, in an interview with Sunday newspaperMaxime Saada reiterates this “Free TNT channels – such as those of the TF1 group – are free for all audiences and must remain so”. “Canal + broadcasts more than 150 channels in France, including all other DTT channels without exception. We do not encounter these difficulties with other DTT players, including the M6 group”He said. “The TF1 group has a sense of omnipotence for its dominant position, even before a possible merger” with M6, he adds.
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