In France, the “new channels” reached a 28.8% audience share during the month of November, mainly thanks to the expansion of the digital terrestrial network. According to figures of Mediametrie, YTF1 now dips to 25.8%.
The French commercial broadcaster TF1 has finally launched its catch-up TV service MyTF1 on the IPTV boxes BBox from Bouygues Telecom. Other IPTV providers will follow.
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.
Eurosport’s growing subscription revenues and a focus on multimedia platform costs have helped the TF1-owned channel counterbalance a loss in advertising revenues, which fell by 25.6% to €47.4 million in the first nine months of 2009.
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.
The French media regulator CSA has given the green light for a take over of the channels NT1 and TMC by the country’s largest broadcaster TF1.
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.