TF1 loses a day against Canal +

The Paris Commercial Court dismisses TF1’s claim to restore its channels on the TNT Sat service.

The black screen that fell on all the channels of the TF1 group for Canal+ subscribers it’s been going on for twenty-two days and it’s in danger of dragging on a little longer.

To regain control, on September 7, the group TF1 sued its opponent, the Canal+ group, before the Paris Commercial Court. It demanded that the latter restore the signal on its TF1, TMC, TFX, LCI, TF1 Séries Films channels and on its MyTF1 service, at least on the DTT distribution service via satellite that serves the 1.8 million French households . reach areas, especially mountainous. The Minister of Culture herself, Rima Abdul Malak, sent a letter to the Canal+ group saying that “Cutting off the signal of the channels of the TF1 group in the TNT Sat offer deprives people who can only receive DTT via satellite of any access to the five free channels of the TF1 group”.

But this Thursday, the Paris Commercial Court decided to dismiss the TF1 group. The court advances two arguments. The first is that Arcom itself, the audiovisual regulator, has recognized that “The law does not provide legal leverage to force operators to remedy this harmful situation”.

The second is that the two contracts, the one for the TNT Sat platform and the one for the TNT platform, are linked. So, if the two parties have not reached a commercial agreement to extend the two contracts beyond August 31, 2022, we cannot force Canal+ to distribute TF1 channels only on the TNT Sat platform.

Dismissed, the TF1 group announces that it will appeal this decision.

Canal+ Counterattack

TF1 has not only lost a first round, but is also under the blow ofan assignment presented by Canal+ on September 8 before the Commercial Court of Nanterre. Canal+ accused the TF1 group of “abuse of dominant position” Y “discriminatory practices”defying the terms of the new distribution agreement.

An allegation of abuse of a dominant position that, at the time, echoed the merger project between TF1 and M6. A project finally abandoned by both parties last Friday.

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