• 31 projects applied for new French DTT HD channels

    31 projects applied for new French DTT HD channels

    Pascale Paoli-Lebailly

    French TV regulator CSA has received applications for 31 projects interested in gaining a licence for one of the six new DTT HD channels.

    The final selection will be announced in March for a TV launch in autumn. With all projects dedicated to free to air (FTA) DTT, the projects have been presented by four existing broadcasting groups.
    Historical channels TF1 and M6 have applied with three projects each that include lifestyle and drama channel Stylia and HD1 for TF1 and a family channel for M6. DTT broadcasters NextRadioTV and NRJ also applied with three projects each that comprise sport channel RMC Sport HD and social channel MyNRJ, dedicated to the 15-35. Other candidates vying for a licence include production groups such as JLA (ID France 1), Lagardère (Elle TV) along with print publishers.
    Themes developed range from animals, sciences, diversity to religion, weather, business and theatre. Canal+ Group didn’t apply at all. French pay-TV group is said to focus first on the integration into the group of the two DTT channels it bought last Fall, Direct 8 and Direct Star. With these two channels acquired to Bolloré Media, and which are still submitted to a green light from French authorities, Canal+ already owns eight potential TV licences. French law forbids any broadcast group to own more than seven licences.