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Study: VPNs boosting piracy in France

Between 2021 and 2023, the total audience of illegal cultural and sporting content websites in France has been reduced by 27 per cent, passing from 11.7 million monthly Internet users to 8.5 million users, according to French regulatory body Arcom. According to its 2023 roundup on cultural and sport content, streaming and direct downloads remain […]

May 3, 2024From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

France: Arcom launches DTT bid call

French broadcast regulator Arcom is set to launch a new FTA and pay DTT call for bids on February 28th in order to renew, or not, the frequencies of the fifteen active broadcasters, including half of the national broadcasters. The current authorisations of TF1, M6, Gulli, C8, W9, TMC, TFX, NRJ 12, LCI, BFMTV, CNews, […]

February 27, 2024From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

France: €345m invested in local streaming content in 2022

Streaming platforms Netflix, Disney+ and Prime Video injected €345 million into French content, out of a total amount of €1.6 billion invested by the whole ecosystem, including local broadcasters and service editors, in 2022. Netflix was the major contributor according to regulatory body Arcom. The breakdown shows that around €1.2 billion went on TV production, […]

December 21, 2023From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

France: 61% paid for entertainment or sport content in 2023

In 2023, 61 per cent of the French consumers – some 27.5 million individuals – paid to watch a sport or entertainment content online, spending an average of €38 per month. According to its barometer of non-linear OTT cultural and sport content, French TV regulator Arcom states that available access to OTT content increased by […]

December 15, 2023From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

France consults on UHD DTT services

French audiovisual services and digital regulator Arcom has been contacted by the Government to grant public service broadcaster France Télévisions a right to use frequencies to allow the broadcasting of France 2 and France 3 in ultra-high definition, over a large part of mainland France and nine overseas territories, from 2024. Other broadcasters have also […]

July 24, 2023By Colin Mann

France: M6, TF1 DTT renewed; SIX thwarted

As widely expected, French TV regulator Arcom has renewed both TF1 and M6’s FTA DTT licences, with their two frequencies set to expire on May 5th. Media entrepreneur Xavier Niel, owner of telecom group Iliad (Free) who had proposed SIX, a linear TV project to replace M6, was unsuccessful following a February 15th hearing of […]

February 23, 2023From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

France: ISPs, rightsholders in anti-piracy pact

French comms regulator Arcom, together with trade bodies l’Association pour la protection des programmes sportifs (APPS) [Association for the Protection of Sports Programmes] and la Fédération Française des Télécoms [French Telecoms Federation] (FFTélécoms) have welcomed the signing of an agreement between the four major ISPs and APPS to strengthen the fight against the illegal distribution […]

January 19, 2023By Colin Mann

Saragosse remains head of France Médias Monde

Marie-Christine Saragosse has been confirmed, by TV regulator Arcom, as president of French international holding France Médias Monde (F2M) for a third term. F2M runs news channel France 24, in French, English, Spanish and Arabic, radio station RFI in French and fifteen foreign languages, as well as Arabic speaking radio station Monte Carlo Doualiya. The […]

January 12, 2023From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

Russia slams Eutelsat over channel bans

Russia says the banning by regulators of broadcasting Russian channels by the likes of Eutelsat is a restriction on the freedom of speech. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, speaking on December 29th, said that the West’s crackdown on Russian media was not only “a flagrant violation” of freedom of speech, but was also “discriminatory […]

January 3, 2023By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat must stop broadcasting Russia channels

France’s media and broadcasting regulator, Arcom, has ordered Paris-based Eutelsat to stop broadcasting three Russian channels – Rossiya 1, Perviy Kanal and NTV. Eutelsat says it will take the channels off air, however it could be a problem in that NTV+ and Tricolor, two Russian pay-TV bouquets, also include in their multiplexes channels from other […]

December 15, 2022By Chris Forrester