French receiver manufacturer Aston has won reprieve in its case against Canal+ before the Court of Appeal of Paris with regards to the broadcaster’s plan to drop support for its Canal Ready CI+ product.
The number of so-called Canal Ready integrated TV sets and Blu-ray players is growing rapidly in France following the introduction of models by Philips, Thomson (TCL), Sharp, Loewe and Funai. With built-in digital terrestrial tuners, these sets are also able to decode premium channels from the Canal+ Group.
All 2010 models of the LG TV sets for sale in France are being labeled ‘Canal Ready’ with immediate effect. Using the CI Plus slot, viewers will have access to the Canal+ channels and CanalSat bouquets without the need of an additional set-top box.
Strong has announced it will exclusively distribute the smallest TNT Canal Ready receiver in the French market from this month.
Sony in France has announced that from now on all its TV sets of 26 inches or larger have CI Plus functionality and are labeled Canal Ready.
The satellite receiver manufacturer Aston has signed an agreement with the Canal+ Group to bring a number of Canal ready receivers to the market.
Canal+ France will this April offer Conditional Access Modules for reception of the group’s terrestrial pay channels suitable for use with Canal Ready labelled TV sets.
Philips has launched three new ‘Canal Ready’ receivers for the French market, serving both digital terrestrial and DTH satellite viewers.
New digital terrestrial receivers from Sagem and Servimat carrying the Canal Ready logo have been made available at retail in France. The devices are capable of receiving the free-to-air DTT broadcasts, but viewers can upgrade to Canal+ and other pay channels.
The French CanalSat platform is offering for the first time short-term subscriptions to owners of the new Sagem Canal Ready DTT receivers.