Altice and Free had failed to agree on a retransmission agreement for the DTT channels.
The two companies have been in on-off talks since the spring. While Altice wants payment for the linear channels, Free will only agree to compensation for the accompanying on demand services.
In its Friday newsletter Le Journal du Dimanche said there had been a misunderstanding; rather than setting Friday as a date for the channels’ removal, Free had instead wanted to know by August 16th whether Altice was happy for the channels to continue to be available via the Freebox.
The actual deadline is in fact August 27th.