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    Canal+ set to launch FTA channel

    Canal+ set to launch FTA channel
    Published: 10.09 UTC, March 25, 2011 by Robert Briel

    French premium broadcaster Canal+ will launch a free-to-air channel on the French digital terrestrial network. Bertrand Meheut, CEO of the Canal+ Group, told Le Figaro that the recently awarded ‘bonus channel’ will be FTA.

    Code named Canal 20, the new chnnel will hit the French airwaves this November immediately following analogue switch-off.

    “Channel 20 will be a general entertainment channel, ambitious, with a high quality editorial level targeted a broad, but demanding audience. It will be in line with Canal +, focusing on films, original productions and will also present cultural magazines and possibly a very limited number of sporting events,” according to Meheut.

    The channel will provide additional funding for local productions. “Our pay channels already spend €200 million per year on movies.”

    “It is essential to strengthen the DTT offer with quality channels. We must claim our territory or else it will be conquered by new players such as Google TV, Apple TV, Hulu or Netflix, who are growing thanks to the connected TV. This development is inevitable, so we must act quickly and develop French production. Today, the broadcasters that focus their editorial offerings on US series will be particularly affected by the new internet players who will soon offer [the same programming] directly to viewers. “

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    France: Canal + with the free channel in the NTC

    France: Canal + with the free channel in the NTC
    2011-03-25 11:31:33 / Anita Dabek
    Last updated: 2011-03-25 11:48:34
    Source: telesatellite
    Premium French broadcaster CANAL + FTA channel will launch in the French digital terrestrial network. Bertrand Meheut, President of CANAL + Group , told the daily Le Figaro that the recently granted, the additional channel will be FTA. A new channel called Canal 20 will work within the framework of the French DVB-T in November 2011 , immediately after switching off the analogue issue.


    - Canal 20 will be the entertainment channel, ambitious, with a qualified editorial team, focused on a broad, but demanding audience. Is consistent with the vision of CANAL +, focusing on films, their own productions, and also offering cultural magazines, and probably a very limited number of sports events - said Meheut. Channel will provide additional funding for local productions. - We already seem to pay 200 million euros a year for movies . [...] It is necessary to strengthen the offer of digital terrestrial television channels, high-quality - he stressed.

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