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: Record TV audience for World Cup Final

An average audience of 24.08 million in France watched the 2022 FIFA World Cup Final match as their country was beaten by Argentina. This equates to an 81 per cent audience share and a record-breaking viewership for French television. The penalty shootout peaked at 29.4 million viewers.  The previous record was also held by a […]

December 19, 2022From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

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

New Dotscreen CTV apps for TF1, RTBF

Dotscreen, the multiscreen video applications & UI specialist, has launched of two upgrades to its European multiscreen UI clients. Firstly, the MYTF1 Max App developed by Dotscreen has launched on Samsung and LG Smart TVs in the French Market. Users can subscribe from the smart TV app store to access TF1 group’s live TV channels, […]

November 25, 2022

Salto sell-off nears

French commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 have confirmed their intention to exit SVoD platform Salto, co-owned with fellow PSB France Télévisions. After the collapse of their planned merger, the supervisory board of both groups are understood to have decided to sell their shares, two years after the launch of the service.At a time when France […]

November 21, 2022From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

France : Salto unveils one-price subscription  

Following the collapse of the planned TF1-M6 merger, SVoD service Salto – the joint venture between PSBs France Télévisions, the TF1 Group and the Groupe M6 – has raised its subscription fee, opting for a €7.99 one-price, commitment-free monthly package (or €69.90 a year). The platform is now making its content, both exclusive and catch-up […]

November 11, 2022From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris