TF1 and Canal+ sign a “new distribution agreement”

TF1 and Canal+ sign a “new distribution agreement”

In commercial conflict since September, TF1 and Canal+ announced, Friday evening, November 4, to have signed a “new distribution agreement”while the subsidiary of Vivendi had stopped broadcasting the TF1 Group channels on all its distribution channels, in the absence of a financial agreement.

“The TF1 Group and the Canal+ Group are pleased to have reached a long-term agreement which renews, from Monday November 7, 2022, the distribution of all the DTT channels of the TF1 Group as well as their catch-up services”both groups said in a joint statement. The prospect, in particular, of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, which starts on November 20, made the signing of an agreement urgent. TF1 will broadcast the twenty-eight “most beautiful posters”. Financial details of the new deal were not disclosed.

The cessation of broadcasting of its channels by Canal+ was detrimental to the audiences of the TF1 Group. In October, all of its five channels (TF1, TMC, TFX, TF1 Séries Films, LCI) saw its audience share fall to 25.6%, against 27.7% a year earlier, according to Médiamétrie.

For two months, the two groups rejected responsibility for a conflict that went to court: Canal+ had assured that TF1 was too greedy in the renegotiation of the contract, concluded at the end of 2018 after a similar conflict, while TF1 had affirmed that it was his rival who had not wished to find an agreement.

A case brought to court

At the end of October, the Paris Court of Appeal had confirmed that Canal+ was not obliged to restore the broadcasting of the TF1 Group channels on its TNT Sat satellite offer, validating a decision handed down in first instance on September 22 by the Commercial Court of Paris.

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In court, the TF1 Group specifically demanded the resumption of broadcasting of its five free channels on TNT Sat for a period of four months, satellite being the only way for some households to receive television in isolated areas not served by the TNT (mainly in the mountains).

Justice had established that the law did not require Canal+ to distribute the TF1 signal on its satellite offer. This was also recognized by the media regulator, Arcom.

During the hearing before the commercial court on September 13, TF1’s lawyer had slipped that the amount of the TF1 Premium contract (live broadcast of channels and ancillary services such as replay) was “13 million euros per year”.

In a separate proceeding, Canal+ brought proceedings against TF1 before the Nanterre Commercial Court.

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The World with AFP

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