The government puts pressure on Canal+ after the blocking of TF1 channels

The channels of the TF1 group are still blocked in several thousand homes. Canal+ refuses to give in to pressure from TF1, despite appeals from the government.

As we specified last Fridayon September 2, 2022, subscribers to Canal Plus services can no longer access the various free channels of the TF1 group within their offers.

You will not be able to watch the TF1, TF1 Séries Films, TMC, LCI and TFX channels, whether on a television via a decoder, on a smartphone via the application myCanal or from a computer via Canalplus.com.

TF1 takes note

The TF1 group has of course reacted to this blockage, they hope to find a favorable outcome quickly:

“While the TF1 group is distributed by all the distributors FREE, SFR, Bouygues Telecom, Orange, Molotov and Salto, Canal+ did not wish to conclude a new distribution agreement for the channels and services of the TF1 group despite weeks of discussions and negotiations, choosing to deprive its subscribers of the channels and services they pay for in their subscription (…) The group TF1 remains open to discussions with a view to finding an agreement quickly so as not to further penalize the millions of viewers who receive the group’s channels via Canal+. »

TF1 also answered a few questions to Franceinfo, they mention a 15% drop in audience since the blockage. The Journal de 20 heures would have been overtaken by that of France 2.

🔴 LIVE – 🗣 Canal+ has not been broadcasting the TF1 group channels since Friday ➡️ “I would first like to tell our viewers that we are sorry. We are like them taken hostage by the decision of Canal”, reacts Didier Casas, general secretary of the TF1 group. pic.twitter.com/A07ndQMIGD

— franceinfo (@franceinfo) September 5, 2022

The government cringes

The government also took the time to send a message to the Canal Plus group. Via the Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul-Malak, she refused to interfere in this commercial dispute. However, this did not prevent the Canal group from being asked to appeal “to its sense of responsibility and general interest to avoid depriving hundreds of thousands of homes of receiving all DTT channels“.

Maxime Saada, chairman of the executive board of the Canal+ group, spoke with the JDD. The TF1 group would have asked “a 50% increase for access to the same content as today“.

It should also be remembered that this blocking is carried out in the context of the merger between M6 and TF1. This set would weigh 75% of TV advertising revenue and it could claim even more money from distributors like Canal+.


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