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

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

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

This ministerial request came after Canal+’s decision to stop broadcasting the free channels of the TF1 group (TF1, TMC, TFX, TF1 Séries Films and LCI) during the renewal of the distribution contract between the two parties, due in particular to payment requirement “very substantial pay”the group owned by Vivendi announced on Friday, September 2.

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“Improper situation”

“Without interfering in the commercial dispute between the two groups and a negotiation that falls under freedom of contract”the Minister explains that she is “careful that the negotiations between publishers and distributors do not lead to blockages likely to compromise the access of all audiences to the free offer of digital terrestrial television” (DTT).

Gold, “Cutting the signal of the TF1 group channels 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 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. »she recalls.

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

This unprecedented showdown within the French audiovisual landscape had dramatically illustrated the rise of operators and other intermediaries in the reception modes of TV channels, to the detriment of DTT (which can be received without any subscription ). This had notably pushed the public authorities to bang their fists on the table, the Superior Council of Audiovisual (CSA, now Arcom) and the government had thus stepped up to the plate by calling on the two groups to agree.

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The World with AFP

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