TF1 is asking for a 50% increase from Canal+ to broadcast its 5 free DTT channels, it is a definite no for the encrypted channel which requires access at no additional cost for hertzian frequencies acquired free of charge.
After announcing last Friday to be “forced to give up broadcasting” channels TF1, TMC, TFX, TF1 Film Series and LCI to millions of subscribers, the vast majority via satellite, Canal+ goes on to explain, In an interview with JDD this weekend, the chairman of its management board, Maxime Saada, revealed the nature of the financial dispute surrounding the non-signing of a new distribution contract: “The TF1 group is asking us for a 50% increase for access to the same content as today” he let know.
The conviction of the encrypted chain is correct,+ “our subscribers do not have to pay for free channels”, she indicates in a new press release before appealing to the sense of responsibility of the TF1 group while committing “to resume broadcasting its free DTT channels for all of its subscribers as soon as the latter authorizes it for free.”
The contract for the distribution of TF1 channels by CANAL+ expired on August 31, 2022. Beyond this deadline, reminded on many occasions by TF1, Canal+ was no longer authorized to distribute them in Metropolitan France and by taking this strong decision in order not to experience the same misadventure as Molotov then attacked for counterfeiting.
“TF1, TMC, TFX, TF1 Séries Films and LCI occupy national terrestrial frequencies in the public domain which have been granted to them free of charge. TF1 benefits from regulatory advantages specific to free channels, including its number 1 channel and the possibility of exclusively broadcasting major sporting events such as the Football World Cup, provided that they are accessible free of charge to all.explains the subsidiary of Vivendi.
For her part, the Minister of Culture Rima Abdul-Malak sent a letter on September 2 to Maxime Saada, including The Parisian had reading, calling “in its sense of responsibility and in the general interest to avoid depriving hundreds of thousands of homes of receiving all DTT channels”.
What the president of Canal + answered in a rather direct way in the Journal du Dimanche, “our relations with the groupfall within the framework of private commercial relations, in which the public authorities cannot interfere.” And to add for the sake of justification: “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 players whose group .” It remains to be seen whether the encrypted channel will return to the negotiating table in the coming days, after having left it.