Advanced Television


Niel wants TF1/M6 DTT frequencies

French media entrepreneur Xavier Niel, owner of telecom group Iliad (Free) and several publications including Le Monde, has told broadcast regulator Arcom he is interested in acquiring TF1 and M6 DTT frequencies. Arcom is currently handling the renewal of both channels’ FTA DTT authorisations, which expire on May 5th. Three bids have been filed, those […]

January 24, 2023From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

Salto to close unless buyer emerges

France Télévisions has announced it is set to pull the plug on streaming service Salto, jointly created with M6 and TF1, meaning it will close unless a buyer comes forward. After TF1 and M6’s decision to exit the service in November 2022, following the failure of their planned merger, Salto looks set to shut, little […]

January 23, 2023From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

Salto on the brink

French streaming platform Salto could shut its service by the end of this week according to reports in the French media. Salto went live in October 2020 co-owned by French broadcasters, TF1, France Télévisions and M6, but has failed to attract a substantial subscriber base; it currently stands at around 800,000 – far behind the […]

January 17, 2023

TF1 Rugby World Cup deal with France Télévisions, M6

France’s TF1 group has entered into a sub-licensing deal with the France Télévisions and M6 groups for the screening of 28 matches from the Rugby World Cup 2023, which takes place in France from September 8th to October 28th. Thanks to the deal, French viewers to watch the entire tournament free of charge. TF1, the […]

January 12, 2023

France: Call for DTT service applications

France’s Arcom (Autorité de régulation de la communication audiovisuelle et numérique/Audiovisual and Digital Communication Regulatory Authority) has issued a call for applications for the award of two national FTA High Definition DTT licences. This call comes in light of the expiry of the authorisations currently granted to the TF1 and M6 services. The spectrum, available […]

December 9, 2022By Colin Mann

Amazon mulls Salto deal

Amazon is reportedly interested in buying struggling French streamer Salto. Canal+ is already in the frame as a possible rescuer and now Amazon has indicated to TF1 and M6 that it is also interested in a potential buy. Amazon already distributes Salto on its Prime Video service in France and would add the 800,000 or […]

November 30, 2022

Aborted TF1-M6 merger incurs €15m cost

TF1 Group consolidated revenue amounts to €1.740 billion, up 5.4 per cent year on year, the French broadcaster revealed in its Q3 results. The Group advertising revenue stood at €1.143 billion, down 1.6 per cent compared to the same period of 2021, while the revenue from other Group activities totalled €596.9 million, up 22.1 per […]

November 2, 2022From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

M6, Canal+ Group renew distribution agreements

French broadcasters M6 Group and Canal+ have renewed their multi-year agreements for the distribution of all free DTT channels (M6, W9, 6ter, Gulli), pay services (Paris Première, téva, M6 Music, Canal J, Tiji, RFM TV, MCM) and their associated services and features, as well as the SVoD service GulliMax for Canal+ subscribers. This agreement covers the […]

October 25, 2022By Colin Mann

Bedrock upgrades France’s 6play

Bedrock, a European streaming technology company, has successfully developed the platform for the newly launched 6play max, a new paid tier for Groupe M6’s leading AVoD service in France. In a fast-paced streaming market where hybrid business models (i.e. subscription & advertising revenues) are becoming increasingly important, Groupe M6 wanted to provide a new response […]

October 18, 2022

France: M6 launches 6Play ad-free option

M6 has launched 6Play max, an ad-free subscription version of streaming and catch-up service 6Play. The M6 pay streaming platform has been developed by technology subsidiariy Bedrock and will be available on Samsung and OS Android smart TVs which account for some 70 per cent of the market in France. This new option is accessible […]

October 11, 2022From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris