The Tribunal de Commerce de Paris has rejected a request brought by TF1 that would have brought its channels back to the Canal+ TNT Sat package.
The TF1 Group said it regretted the decision of the court which “did not see the urgency of preserving the interests of viewers”.
On September 2, Canal removed free-to-air channels TF1, TMC, TFX, TF1 Séries Films and LCI in a dispute over the fees paid for their retransmission that impacted 7.4 million viewers. The platform says the commercial channel is demanding a 50% increase on its previous agreement.
In a statement, Canal+ Group said it welcomed the decision: “The Canal+ Group appeals to the TF1 Group’s sense of responsibility to ensure compliance with its own broadcasting and territorial coverage obligations, and undertakes to resume broadcasting its free DTT channels to all its subscribers as soon as the latter authorise it to do so free of charge, and thereby enable the resumption of broadcasting of the signals for the DTT Sat offer.”
Canal is the last of the major providers to review its terms with TF1 following FREE, SFR, Bouygues Telecom, Orange, Molotov and Salto. TF1 says they have done so on the same terms as those offered to Canal.