End clap for Téléfoot. The MediaPro channel will close its doors soon, but will continue to broadcast Ligue 1 and 2 matches until December 31, 2020. The channel will begin to reimburse OTT subscribers, while the case of customers passed through their operator remains unclear. .
The Téléfoot channel had a rather short career. As you may know, a conflict has been raging for several weeks between the Professional Football League (LFP) and Mediapro over the TV rights of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. After multiple meetings between the two parties under the control of a conciliator appointed by the Commercial Court of Nanterre, it was decided that the Téléfoot channel would close its doors.
It remains to be seen who will own the broadcasting rights for the two championships, even if Canal + and beIn Sports have a good chance of being the buyers. For now, the Mediapro channel continues to broadcast the matches of the two French leagues until the end of 2020: “We will continue to broadcast the French Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 football championship until December 31 inclusive at a minimum ”, provides the channel to its subscribers.
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OTT subscribers first, operator customers later
However, the stopping of Téléfoot also means that the channel will have to make a wave of reimbursements. For now and according to our colleagues from the Capital site, the channel intends to compensate OTT subscribers first, in other words those who have not gone through their operator.
Regarding customers who have chosen to go through Orange, Bouygues, SFR or Free, it’s a different story. The channel will have to terminate its contracts with the four operators, but also TF1, owner of the Téléfoot brand. Negotiations between Mediapro and the aforementioned parties have not yet started, and it is likely that they are rather tense, especially concerning annual subscriptions. It will probably take patience before being reimbursed by the chain.
As a reminder, the government had chosen for its part not to pay off the debts of Téléfoot. While the LFP waited for the Elysee to take up the matter, the executive preferred to remain a spectator. “We will not intervene with Mediapro to help them pay their debts or guarantee the risks they have taken in the context of a call for tenders. We are not going to intervene on TV rights ”, had indicated a government source to the newspaper Le Monde.