France: 6 new HD DTT channels
France’s broadcasting regulator the Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel has launched six new HD DTT channels. HD1, L’Equipe 21, 6ter, Numéro 23, RMC Découverte et Chérie 25 are now available to one in two households in the urban areas.
They are available for 29 per cent of households who receive DTT via a terrestrial antenna aerial. To this end, 125 transmitters have been brought into service in the first phase: Ile de France, Burgundy, Aquitaine and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. 1,500 transmitters will be deployed during the next 12 phases up to June 2015, in order to achieve 97 per cent coverage of the population, as with other DTT channels.
Viewers watching via a terrestrial antenna aerial must search and store channels with their remote control to benefit from the new DTT channel numbering, finding all channels previously received and viewing the six new channels when they are available.
For other reception methods (satellite, ADSL, cable …), 100 per cent of viewers can access most of the new channels immediately.