TF1 and M6 in channels deal deadlock

Negotiations between French broadcasters TF1 and M6 and pay-TV platforms concerning the distribution of their respective thematic channels have reached a deadlock, according to reports.

DTH operator Canal Plus currently holds exclusive rights to the channels, including Histoire, TV Breizh, Ushuaia TV, Odyssee, Serie Club and Eurosport, for which it pays approximately 60m. The broadcasters have offered their channels to IPTV operators but offers from Orange, Free and Neuf have failed to meet expectations.

TF1 and M6 must decide whether to renew their contract with Canal Plus by September 15. If the pay-TV operator loses its exclusivity deal, it is likely to reduce its payments to the broadcasters to about 25m.