France: CSA issues pay DTT call

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French TV regulatory body CSA has launched a call for bids for a national HD DTT pay-TV service to be broadcast on a frequency currently used by Canal+, whose license ends December 5th 2020.

The channel will be broadcast on multiplex R3. Candidates must apply to the CSA before April 4th. The authorisation will be delivered for a ten-year period. Canal+ has confirmed that it will be bidding to keep its DTT frequency, which attracts around 400,000 subscribers.

A January 2020 impact study from the CSA explained that issuing a new authorisation to Vivendi’s subsidiary would maintain the presence of a pay DTT programming offering based on movies and sport. According to the regulator, neither the diversity of operators nor the free DTT market would be impacted by such a renewal.


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