Broadcaster to have four channels

PARIS — Pubcaster France Televisions intends to launch at least four channels when mobile broadcasting is introduced in France next spring.

Laurent Souloumiac, director-general of France Televisions Interactive, told a symposium on media convergence in Paris Tuesday that while the broadcaster was naturally oriented toward offering free transmissions over mobile handheld devices, it would probably need to charge.

“The service will cost money,” he said, “and we need to be allowed to establish partnerships with mobile operators.”

He proposed monthly user subscription fees of between Euros 5 and Euros 10 ($7.1-$14.2), which could include a comprehensive package of both public and pay TV programming.

France’s broadcasting regulator, the Conseil Superieur de l’Audiovisuel, is due to consider tenders for 20 Digital Video Broadcast-Handheld channels within the next few weeks.

The European Commission formally recommended the adoption of DVB-H as a pan-European, mobile-broadcasting standard in July.

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