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France launches fresh HD DTT tender

France’s broadcast regulator the Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA) has issued a new call for bids to offer nationwide services in HD on the country’s DTT platform.

The move is part of the evolution of France’s DTT platform announced in April 2016 by the Government, following the transfer of the 700 MHz frequency band to the telecoms sector and the adoption of the MPEG-4 compression standard for DTT broadcasts.

The request aims to further the roll-out of high definition broadcasts on existing channels or the introduction of new HD services.

Applications must be submitted to the CSA by September 8, 2015 at 17.00 hours.

The CSA was forced to shelve a tender call issued at the end of May 2015 following a ruling on June 18 by France’s Conseil d’Etat to overturn a decision outlawing the transfer of news and entertainment pay-TV channels LCI (TF1) and Paris Première (M6) to free DTT, requiring the CSA to undertake an impact study before proceeding with a fresh tendering process

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