French government maintains DVB-T until 2015-2016

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly ©RapidTVNews | 13-10-2011

The six new DTT HD channels the French government plans to launch in 2012 will use the DVB-T standard contrary to what regulatory body the CSA first recommended.
The French State wants first to set up a transition period until end of 2015-2016, so that viewers will not have to equip themselves again with TV sets and receivers compatible with the DVB-T2 norm.
If the DVB-T2 standard had to be chosen now, eight new HD channels would have been launched instead of six. But they wouldn’t have covered the whole population. The CSA is expected to launch before the end of this month this call for bids that will be open to all audio-visual groups, both historical ones and DTT new entrants. Sport news group L’Equipe, which already runs theme channel L’Equipe TV, has announced it will apply. The final selection of projects will take place in 2012.

Closely linked to this question, is the Council of Ministers’ choice to decide upon the repeal of the law that granted DTT bonus channels to terrestrial groups TF1, M6 and Canal+. In doing so the French government will follow the EC’s advice that had judged this point illegal and anti-competitive in regards to European rules.