PARIS — The highest court in France has upheld a decision that obliges France’s pay box Canal Plus to pay a fine of $1.4 million for unfair competition practices toward TPS, the country’s second-largest digital satellite platform.
A lower court last year had ordered Canal Plus to strike an exclusivity clause from its contracts with producers of French films, which prevented them from reselling rights to pay-per-view operators. TPS had complained that the clause made it difficult for their pay-per-view subsidiary, Multivision, to obtain rights to French films.
Before this latest decision was handed down, Canal Plus had already dropped the clause.
The pay TV giant told Daily Variety that a new five-year agreement they signed with the entire French cinema industry (distributors, producers, directors and writers) at this year’s Cannes Film Festival is proof that the industry is satisfied.
In that accord, Canal Plus agreed to increase its share of the financing of French films. The TV group contributes to the financing of around 80% of French film production.