Mobile TV has suffered another blow after top French commercial channel TF1 announced it was shutting down its mobile TV services. TF1 Mobile launched last May, but five months on the service failed to reach more than 60,000 subscribers, despite rival services attracting significantly higher levels.
Last April, TF1 chief executive Patrick Le Lay said he anticipated TF1 Mobile would eventually reach 300,000 subscribers.
TF1’s satellite platform TPS has now completed its merger with the Vivendi’s CanalSat. However, the broadcaster now has plans to launch up to ten thematic channels into the French market. (JC)