Broadcasters lobby EU over Greek TV rules

Greek broadcasters are unhappy about the prospect of new regulation that would force DTT channels to sell advertising via a government-run online platform. A two-week consultation on the proposed bill is about to end. It would force Greece’s DTT channels to set up an online advertising exchange and pay a 10% tax on all sales. […]

DTT making ‘huge gains’ in Africa

Digital terrestrial television (DTT), and pay DTT in particular, made “huge gains” in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2015 and will challenge satellite as the top pay TV platform by 2021, according to new research. The report said that of the 16.91 million pay TV subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa at end 2015, 10.66 million were pay satellite TV […]

DTT remains top in France, CSA stats show

Digital-terrestrial TV remained the primary mode of reception of television for French households at the end of the fourth quarter, according to the latest survey from media regulator the CSA. Some 57.9% receiving a DTT signal, though this was down from 59.7% in June 2013. Satellite reception was stable at 25%, while cable fell by […]

Spain and Italy decline, but Germany fuels European pay TV growth

Pay TV subscribers in Spain and Italy declined last year, but overall numbers for Western Europe were up, spurred by strong growth in Germany, according to new research. The Digital TV Research numbers contrast with those from Informa Telecoms & Media, which recently reported that cumulative pay TV subs fell in Western Europe for the […]

Eastern Europe set for digital TV boom

The number of digital TV homes in Eastern Europe will double between now and 2018 and pay TV revenues will increase by almost a third in the same period, according to new research. Digital TV Research is forecasting that the number of digital homes in the region will reach 121 million by 2018, with 13 […]

Canal+ pays top dollar for Canadian cop drama Cracked

Canal+ and 13ème Rue Universal have acquired Cracked, the Canadian cop series from the creators of The Border. French premium programmer Canal+ and NBC Universal’s pay TV channel 13ème Rue Universal both bought the show from German-based distributor Beta Film, which is handling international sales. The series is made by Canada’s White Pine Pictures. Canal+ […]

Digital TV forecast to boom in Africa

Digital TV households in Sub-Saharan Africa will quadruple in the period to 2018, according to new research. Digital TV Research forecasts that digital penetration will rocket from 35% at end-2012 to 95.5% by end-2018, by which point there will be 49 million digital TV homes on the continent. Sub-Saharan pay TV revenues will reach $4.62 […]

M6 demands €100m compensation for loss of bonus channel

French commercial broadcaster M6 is planning to make a claim for €100 million from the French state in compensation for the loss of the so-called bonus digital-terrestrial channel promised to it at the time of the country’s digital switchover, according to a report in financial daily Les Echos. According to the paper, M6 will send […]

French local channels call for suspension of DTT reordering

A raft of French TV channels are challenging their new ranking on the EPG for digital terrestrial TV. Almost 40 French local TV channels have completed the first stage of an appeal to the country’s Conseil d’Etat to challenge the latest ordering of channels on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform by media regulator the CSA. The […]

French TNT explodes

The French broadcasting family is about to get bigger. This month will see the arrival in the free-to-air game of a major player, Canal+, whose acquisition of DTT outlets Direct 8 and Direct Star from Group Bolloré was approved by the Competition Authority in July. Marie-Agnès Bruneau reports. French communications regulator the CSA is about […]