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.
The French broadcaster M6 Group said it would sell its stake in pay-TV channel Canal+ France to Vivendi for €384.2 million. The transaction is expected to close on February 22.
The French CanalSat platform has launched the M6 Replay catch up TV service for its subscribers that own the hybrid DualS and +Le Cube receivers.
Vivendi/Canal+ Group have announced that they will acquire the remaining 9.9% that TF1 still holds in Canal+ France. The transaction, worth €744 million, will be closed before the end of this year.
The French private broadcasters Canal+, TF1 and M6 are looking to create a common Catch-up TV platform, according to a report in Les Echos. At the moment, about ten million French viewers use at least one of these services.
It looks likely that CanalSat will continue to have exclusive carriage of the thematic pay channels from TF1 and M6. Bids from the main IPTV providers to gain access to these channels stalled at €25 million.