The French online video portal Dailymotion has opened a new section dedicated to catch-up TV from major French broadcasters. Just opened last week, the Franco-German cultural channel Arte has joined and will make available its entire Arte+7 catch-up service.
Following a test of push-VOD over the digital terrestrial network, France could launch VOD and catch-up TV services over the air sometime next year. But first, a number of issues need to be solved.
From July 1, BBC World News will return to the basic analogue tier on UPC’s Amsterdam cablenet. The news channel will take the place of the Franco-German cultural channel Arte.
The seven main French legacy broadcasters have agreed to a simultaneous switch-off of their analogue satellite DTH transmissions. All channels will switch off in November 2011, when the last French region will turn all digital.
Germany’s largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland KDG has reached agreement to carry three public HD channels on is network, Das Erste HD, ZDF HD and Arte HD.
The French media authority CSA has approved two pilots for push-VOD services over the nation’s digital terrestrial network.