The Minister of Culture asks the Canal + Group to restore the distribution of the TF1 Group channels on its TNT satellite offer

The Minister of Culture asks the Canal + Group to restore the distribution of the TF1 Group channels on its TNT satellite offer

The Minister of Culture asks the Canal + Group to restore the distribution of the TF1 Group channels on its TNT satellite offer

The headquarters of the Canal + television channel (of the Canal + Group), on 27 November 2017, in Issy-les-Moulineaux.

Culture Minister Rima Abdul Malak has asked the Canal + group to restore the transmission of TF1 channels on its TNT satellite offer, which allows DTT channels to be received in areas where terrestrial coverage is poor.

“I appeal to your sense of responsibility and general interest to avoid depriving hundreds of thousands of families of reception of all DTT channels”urges Rima Abdul Malak in a letter sent Friday to the president of the Canal + group Maxime Saada, which the Agence France-Presse was able to consult, confirming the information of the Parisian.

This ministerial request came after the decision by Canal + to stop the transmissions 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 contract between the two parties, in particular due to of the payment obligation “very substantial pay”Vivendi-owned group announced on Friday 2 September.

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“Improper situation”

“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.

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He shouted

Before the previous contract with forceps was signed at the end of 2018, the discussions between the two groups had turned into a commercial conflict: by refusing to pay to be able to broadcast channels otherwise accessible for free via DTT, Canal + had decided to cut the transmission of TF1 for a while to its subscribers, causing an uproar among some viewers.

This unprecedented tussle in the French audiovisual landscape had dramatically illustrated the rise of operators and other intermediaries in the way of receiving television channels, to the detriment of DTT (which can be received without any subscription). This had in particular prompted the public authorities to bang their fists on the table, the Superior Audiovisual Council (CSA, now Arcom) and the government thus stepped forward inviting the two groups to agree.

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