some subscribers will no longer have access to TF1 group channels

some subscribers will no longer have access to TF1 group channels
Canal+ obtains exclusive broadcasting rights for the Venice Film Festival for the next two editions.
Etienne DE MALGLAIVE via Getty Images Canal+ obtains exclusive broadcasting rights for the Venice Film Festival for the next two editions.

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The Canal+ group announces that it is “renouncing” the broadcasting of the TF1 group’s channels

TELEVISION – Black screen on 5 channels for millions of subscribers to Canal+. The group, which belongs to Vivendi, announced this Friday, September 2 ” to renouncer » broadcasting the group’s free channels TF1as part of the renewal of the distribution agreement between the two parties, due in particular to the requirement of a payment ” very substantial pay “.

Faced with these unfounded and unreasonable demands for channels which are accessible free of charge for all and which must remain so, the Canal+ group, a long-standing partner of the TF1 Group, is forced to give up broadcasting these channels in mainland France. “Said Canal + in a press release.

3 million injured subscribers

This cut will concern nearly 3 million people “, precise The Parisianwhich states that ” this measure penalizes satellite customers, dependent on Canal to access the small screen “, unlike those who pass via the Orange, Free, SFR or Bouygues Internet boxes.

In a press release, the TF1 group “deeply regrets” this decision by Canal+ and reminds the millions of aggrieved viewers that they can always “ find the channels and the replay on MyTF1.fr and via the MyTF1 application on mobile and tablet “.

Aware of the importance of the Football World Cup (November 20 – December 18, editor’s note) for its subscribers, and backed by its partnership with beIN Sports, which owns all the rights to the competition, the Canal+ group will be able to offer the entire event to its subscribers “, further assured the subsidiary of the Vivendi group.

This is not the first time that the two French audiovisual giants have fought over the subject of the distribution of the free channels of the TF1 group (TF1, TMC, TFX, TF1 Séries Films and LCI).

A showdown between TF1 and C+

Before the forceps signing of their previous contract at the end of 2018, the discussions between the two groups had turned into a commercial conflict: refusing to pay to be able to broadcast channels that were otherwise accessible free of charge via DTT, Canal+ had decided to cut the broadcasting of TF1 to its subscribers, causing an outcry among some viewers.

This unprecedented showdown within the French audiovisual landscape had dramatically illustrated the rise of operators and other intermediaries in the reception modes of TV channels, to the detriment of DTT (which can be received without any subscription ).

This had in particular pushed the public authorities to bang their fists on the table, the Superior Council of Audiovisual (CSA, now Arcom) and the government had thus stepped up to the plate by calling on the two groups to agree.

For TF1, charging the operators who until now distributed its programs to their subscribers without compensation is a key element of its strategy and should help it diversify its income. This additional resource is all the more important at a time when the group has to face growing competition from Netflix and others.

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