D8 to challenge TF1/M6 on TV series, feature films and sport

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 22-09-2012

The new DTT D8 channel, formerly called Direct 8, is repositioning its editorial line now that it belongs to Canal+ Group. Its ambition is no longer to rival new DTT channels such as W9 and TCM but to challenge bigger players such as TF1 and M6.
Launching on 7 October, the channel will offer a line-up mixing original French TV series, created by pay-TV Canal+, such as Braquo, Spiral or Pigalle, la nuit, with US series such as Camelot, Borgia and western Hells on Wheels, along with Euro productions like Call The Midwife (BBC).
The first feature films to be broadcast are Oscar winners Million Dollar Baby, American Beauty and The Pianist.
The channel budget will triple between now and 2015 to reach 120m annually. DTT channels pour around 40m into programming each year.

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 22-09-2012

The new DTT D8 channel, formerly called Direct 8, is repositioning its editorial line now that it belongs to Canal+ Group. Its ambition is no longer to rival new DTT channels such as W9 and TCM but to challenge bigger players such as TF1 and M6.
Launching on 7 October, the channel will offer a line-up mixing original French TV series, created by pay-TV Canal+, such as Braquo, Spiral or Pigalle, la nuit, with US series such as Camelot, Borgia and western Hells on Wheels, along with Euro productions like Call The Midwife (BBC).
The first feature films to be broadcast are Oscar winners Million Dollar Baby, American Beauty and The Pianist.
The channel budget will triple between now and 2015 to reach 120m annually. DTT channels pour around 40m into programming each year.