TV Numeric ceases activities
Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 11-12-2012
After being placed into receivership on 4 October, the independent pay DTT distributor TV Numeric ceased its activities on 7 December, marking the failure of pay DTT in France.
TV Numeric offered just five channels - Eurosport, Paris Première, LCI, Planète+ and TF6 - for €10 per month, but these are also available on all cable satellite and IPTV platforms too.
Pay-DTT has never really taken off in France, and several channels including Canal J, AB1 and CFoot, left the sector in previous years.
In a statement, the company, owned by Hugues d'Annoux, said "the shrinking of DTT thematic offers, to be compared to the significant growth of Free DTT channels, as six new nets are to be launched on 12 December, along with the lack of any new pay DTT line-up, following CSA's call for bids, clearly ruined the company's development efforts."
Employing 15 people, TV Numeric had dropped from 100,000 subs at the beginning of 2012 to 40,000 subs.
As receivership didn't include the push video DTT offer SelecTV, the launch of which has already been announced several times, the service is not affected by this compulsory liquidation, but its future still remains unclear.