New episode in the war between TF1 and Canal+ so that the latter broadcasts again in its bouquets the free channels of the group of Martin Bouygues.
On September 10, the TF1 Group appealed to the association of mayors of France (AMF) to intervene in the dispute between it and Canal+. Indeed, since August 31, faced with financial requirements deemed extravagant in the context of the renewal of their distribution contract, Canal+ has decided to stop broadcasting the streams of its rival and partner both on myCanal and on satellite.
The consequences of this battle between the subsidiary of Vivendi and Bouygues has concrete effects for French people located in white areas TNT and who have no choice but to go through the satellite (via the Canal+ bouquet, including TNT Sat) to receive the TF1, TMC, TFX, TF1 Séries Films and LCI channels, which are normally free over the air.
Beyond the legal actions currently underway, TF1 is playing all possible cards to force Canal+’s hand. In a letter sent to the AMF, TF1 explains that 2 million French people (subscribers to Canal+ or TNT Sat) no longer have access to its channels. This places the citizens concerned in an “unacceptable situation”, according to TF1, since these households cannot access DTT either over the air or by ADSL and even less fiber.
Following this letter sent by TF1, the Association of Mayors of France intervened with ARCOM (ex-CSA) to support the request of Martin Bouygues’ group. She thinks he “there is a breach of equality in access to television channels” and asks ARCOM to inform it of the arrangements it has made.