Digital distribution discussed

France to assess DTT feasibility

PARIS –With France’s private broadcasters skeptical about the economic viability of digital terrestial television (DTT) and culture minister Caterine Tasca pushing for an end-of- 2002 timetable for introduction of the necessary technology, the French government, for the first time, has stepped in to determine DTT’s economic and commercial feasibility.

Finance Minister Laurent Fabius has assigned the daunting task to the DGCCRF, the government’s competition, consumption and fraud repression watchdog.

Stating that it made no sense to “put the cart before the horse,” Fabius — alluding to the Conseil superieur de l’audiovisuel’s (CSA) promise of a report by Dec. 15 — indicated it was better to endure some delay now than to blow the whole DTT experiment later.

The main task of the DGCCRF will be to study distribution questions that until now have been addressed only marginally, specifically questions regarding how to best and most competitively commercialize DTT.

On Oct. 9, 2000, the 90 cable and satellite stations that form the group l’ACCeS, made it known that they would not apply for DTT frequencies until commercialization problems were solved.

It is presently assumed that TPS and/or CanalSatellite will run France’s DTT’s commercialization. No doubt the DGCCRF will study questions concerning a possible monopoly situation, especially in light of a discussed TPS/CanalSatellite merger.

More TV

  • Dirk Gently renewed season 2

    'Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency' Canceled by BBC America

    PARIS –With France’s private broadcasters skeptical about the economic viability of digital terrestial television (DTT) and culture minister Caterine Tasca pushing for an end-of- 2002 timetable for introduction of the necessary technology, the French government, for the first time, has stepped in to determine DTT’s economic and commercial feasibility. Finance Minister Laurent Fabius has assigned […]

  • Delayed Viewing Ratings: 'Designated Survivor' Rises

    Delayed Viewing Ratings: 'Designated Survivor' Rises 120 Percent in Week 10

    PARIS –With France’s private broadcasters skeptical about the economic viability of digital terrestial television (DTT) and culture minister Caterine Tasca pushing for an end-of- 2002 timetable for introduction of the necessary technology, the French government, for the first time, has stepped in to determine DTT’s economic and commercial feasibility. Finance Minister Laurent Fabius has assigned […]

  • Geoffrey C. Ward speaks on stage

    'Vietman War' Writer Geoffrey C. Ward Honored by Writers Guild of America East

    PARIS –With France’s private broadcasters skeptical about the economic viability of digital terrestial television (DTT) and culture minister Caterine Tasca pushing for an end-of- 2002 timetable for introduction of the necessary technology, the French government, for the first time, has stepped in to determine DTT’s economic and commercial feasibility. Finance Minister Laurent Fabius has assigned […]

  • Amazon Passes on Comedy Pilots 'Sea

    Amazon Passes on Comedy Pilots 'Sea Oak,' 'The Climb' and 'Love You More'

    PARIS –With France’s private broadcasters skeptical about the economic viability of digital terrestial television (DTT) and culture minister Caterine Tasca pushing for an end-of- 2002 timetable for introduction of the necessary technology, the French government, for the first time, has stepped in to determine DTT’s economic and commercial feasibility. Finance Minister Laurent Fabius has assigned […]

  • NCIS New Orleans

    TNT Acquires Rerun Rights to 'NCIS: New Orleans'

    PARIS –With France’s private broadcasters skeptical about the economic viability of digital terrestial television (DTT) and culture minister Caterine Tasca pushing for an end-of- 2002 timetable for introduction of the necessary technology, the French government, for the first time, has stepped in to determine DTT’s economic and commercial feasibility. Finance Minister Laurent Fabius has assigned […]

  • Handmaids Tale Marvelous Mrs Maisel SMILF

    'Handmaid's Tale,' 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,' 'SMILF' Usher in New Era of Golden Globes Nominees

    PARIS –With France’s private broadcasters skeptical about the economic viability of digital terrestial television (DTT) and culture minister Caterine Tasca pushing for an end-of- 2002 timetable for introduction of the necessary technology, the French government, for the first time, has stepped in to determine DTT’s economic and commercial feasibility. Finance Minister Laurent Fabius has assigned […]

  • Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to

    Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of Dec. 18, 2017

    PARIS –With France’s private broadcasters skeptical about the economic viability of digital terrestial television (DTT) and culture minister Caterine Tasca pushing for an end-of- 2002 timetable for introduction of the necessary technology, the French government, for the first time, has stepped in to determine DTT’s economic and commercial feasibility. Finance Minister Laurent Fabius has assigned […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content