French TV Numeric goes into receivership
October 22, 2012 08.35 Europe/London By Robert Briel
With just 40,000 paying subscribers, the French DTT pay platform TV Numeric will probably close down its services at the end of the year.
TV Numeric has gone into receivership and if no buyer will be found, the platform will cease operations.
The operator has fallen victim to the large number of freely available terrestrial channels. In the past few years, a number of terrestrial premium channels closed down including, Canal J, TPS Star and CFoot.
TV Numeric has been selling the remaining premium channels, but saw its client base dropping sharply from 100,000 homes at the beginning of the year to around 40,000 in October.
With the company in receivership, this also casts doubt of the feasibility of the SelecTV project, push-VOD service over DTT, which was authorised by the media authority CSA.
Officially, SelecTV is not affected by the financial difficulties of TV Numeric, as it is a separate entity, but the announced launch of the service has yet to take place.