TF1 signs deals for its thematic channels
10.15 Europe/London, January 12, 2012 By Robert Briel

The TF1 Group has announced that it has reached agreements with the principal IPTV, satellite and cable operators fir distribution of its thematic channels.

The broadcaster has said that Orange, SFR, Bouygues Telecom, CanalSat and Numericable will distribute its theme channels Eurosport, Eurosport 2, LCI, TV Breizh, Histoire, and Ushuaïa TV, which were previously distributed on an exclusive basis.

These new non-exclusive distribution arrangements, effective for 3 years from January 1, 2012, will enable the Group’s theme channels to broaden their reach and strengthen their business model.

The distribution agreements mean that TF1′s all-news channel LCI will continue to be encrypted, in contrast to its rivals BFM and i-Télé, which are both free-to-air. Until now, LCI was exclsuively available through CanalSat, but it will now be available across all platformd, including the terrestrial pay bouqets from TV Num and TF1′s just launched Lib’Télé.

In a statement TF1 said it is delighted with these agreements, which confirm the attractiveness of its theme channel offering.