Owners of TNTSat receivers in France found a number of functions disabled after the latest software update, which was uploaded automatically.
Canalsat and TNTSAT are refusing to carry the two new French DTT channels HD1 and 6ter in a dispute over carriage fees.
TNTSat, the French digital terrestrial offer on satellite broadcast via Astra, reached a total of 3.3 million receivers sold at the end of 2011. This represents an increase of 650,000 compared to the end of 2010.
The six analogue television channels that are broadcasting from the Eutelsat Atlantic Bird 3 (AB3) satellite will terminate analogue transmissions on November 29. On that date, all terrestrial analogue broadcasts in the country will also be switched off.
The French satellite-delivered DTT offer TNTSat, which is broadcast via Astra at 19.2 degrees East, was already received in 3 million homes at the end of last month.
French manufacturer Aston has unveiled the first satellite receiver for the new TNTSat service, which will become available in a number of French overseas departments and regions (the so-called DOM-TOM) from November 30.
SES Astra has announced that the French digital terrestrial channel offer on satellite, TNTSat, broadcast via Astra reported a total of 2.3 million receivers sold at the end of June 2010. Between June 2009 and June 2010 alone, 800,000 receivers were sold.
The French DTH platform TNTSat, broadcast via Astra at 19.2 degrees East, posted strong growth with 1.85 million TNTSAT receivers sold as of the end of 2009.