France extends subsidy for DTT-less

The French government has instructed the National Frequency Agency (ANFR) to continue to provide support for people who live outside the DTT coverage area.

Following the analogue switch-off, France decided to give homes outside the DTT footprint financial help with a maximum of €250 to help them equip with alternative reception equipment for satellite DTH, IPTV or fibre.

The original subsidy plan ran out on May 15, 2013, but Bernard Cazeneuve, minister delegate in charge of budget, and Fleur Pellerin, minister delegate in charge of small and medium business, innovation and the digital economy, have decided to prolong the subsidy.

A new decree to this effect will be taken in the coming weeks. Ministers also requested that ANFR studies, in conjunction with media authority CSA, technical modifications to improve DTT reception in the most affected areas, starting with the Cotentin peninsula.

The plan is see the possibilities of bringing additional transmitters and repeaters into service.