Canal + will remain on digital terrestrial in France – Digital TV Europe

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The French pay-TV operator Canal + has obtained the agreement of the media regulator, the Superior Audiovisual Council (CSA), for the renewal of its presence on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform for the next three years.
The authorization of the CSA covers the period until December 6, 2023.

The announcement, which comes just before the expiration of Canal +’s previous license to broadcast over the airwaves, follows a period of uncertainty over whether the pay-TV operator would continue to use the network.

Canal + claims that the TNT network only represents 5% of its French national subscriber base.

While the operator could try to migrate its DTT subscribers to IPTV or satellite distribution if it withdraws, it is estimated that up to half of those receiving the terrestrial signal could drop, according to local reports, resulting in a significant loss of subscribers and revenue. .

In September, during a hearing with the CSA, CEO Maxime Saada made it clear that he was ready to withdraw from terrestrial distribution unless the company obtains changes to regulatory requirements and tax obligations.

Saada had previously complained that the costs of distribution on TNT were extremely high and deplored an increase in VAT from 5.5% to 10% which would cost Canal + around 120 million euros.

The pay-TV operator was nevertheless the only candidate for the frequency.

According to the CSA, the “essential” commitments required by the current license remain in place, some being reinforced, in particular those relating to accessibility at prime time and commitments to support local production in the French overseas departments and territories.

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