The first attempt by the TF1 Group to be broadcast again to subscribers of the Canal+ group, the latter having refused, at the beginning of September, the price increase requested to retransmit the channels TF1, TMC, LCI, TF1 Séries Films and TFX, failed .
On Thursday, September 22, the commercial court dismissed TF1’s interim appeal requesting that TNT Sat subscribers – Canal+’s satellite TV package which allows DTT to be received in white areas and has 2 million customers – can again receive the signal from its channels, according to the judgment order consulted by Agence France-Presse. TF1 told AFP that it was going to appeal.
The court considered that stopping the broadcasting of the five free channels on TNT Sat did not entail either “unlawful disorder” neither “imminent harm”, two conditions justifying that a summary procedure puts an end to a situation. He ruled that Canal+’s TNT Sat offer was an inseparable part of the overall contract on which the two groups are opposed, and that TF1 could not therefore invoke a “sudden termination of commercial relations” relating only to this point.
This procedure is only part of the conflict between the two groups and did not concern areas where DTT is accessible or, another example, the broadcasting of TF1 Group channels on the MyCanal online platform. The dispute broke out when Canal+ stopped broadcasting the TF1 Group channels in early September, for lack of a financial agreement for the renewal of their contract.