Advanced Television

FT objects to CanalSat distribution rules

October 15, 2007

France Telecom has threatened to lodge a complaint against Vivendi’s Canal+ over its requirement that the operator distributes its CanalSat channels together, while cable operators are able to distribute them individually.

“If (the situation) does not change, we will have no choice but to lodge a complaint to seek equitable access to CanalSat channels,” said Herve Payan, who is in charge of partnerships and services for the content division of France Telecom. Payan said the company has already sent letters to the European Commission and the competition authorities to complain about the situation. “There is a distortion of competition between cable networks and ADSL operators,” he said.

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