On Friday, the Canal+ group cut off the broadcast to the TF1 group channels, for lack of agreement between the two companies.
In a letter sent Friday, September 2 to the chairman of the executive board of Canal+, Maxime Saada, the Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul Malak, asked the Canal+ group to restore the broadcasting of 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 comes following Canal+’s decision to stop broadcasting the free channels of the TF1 group (TF1, TMC, TFX, TF1 Séries Films and LCI) when renewing the distribution contract between the two parties.due in particular to the requirement of a payment “of a very important remuneration”. A choice heavy with consequence above all and assumed by the group belonging to Vivendi.
“Cutting the signal of the TF1 group channels on the TNT Sat offer deprives people who can only receive DTT by satellite of any access to the five free channels of the TF1 group”underlines Rima Abdul Malak in a letter consulted by our colleagues from Franceinfo … “This situation is not in accordance with the intention of the legislator, which was to guarantee full coverage of the territory by DTT by obliging DTT channels to make their signal available free of charge to a satellite distributor who requests it.“.
“If TF1 asks us today for such an increase, what will happen when it is consolidated in its dominant position following its merger with M6?” Maxime Saada in JDD pic.twitter.com/62eJp9yJLi
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But Maxime Saada sticks to his positions. In Le Journal du Dimanche, he declared that “the free TNT channels – such as those of the TF1 group – are free for the general public and must remain so”. “Canal+ broadcasts more than 150 channels in France, including all the other DTT channels without exception. We do not encounter these difficulties with the other DTT players, including the M6 group”. And to add: “The TF1 group has a feeling of omnipotence because of its dominant position, even before a possible merger” with M6.