The story between Canal + and TNT will last another 3 years. The channel’s license should normally end on December 5, before it renews it at the last moment until 2023. This contract is accompanied by a new agreement between the two entities, notably strengthening the obligations of unencrypted broadcasting during peak listening hours.
It was played out, but it’s good. While the Canal + license on TNT was supposed to expire on December 5, the CSA announced that it was renewed for 3 years. The deadline is now set at December 6, 2023. Channel number 4 therefore always remains reserved for the Vivendi subsidiary. This agreement is therefore also the subject of a new agreement between the two organizations.
Indeed, the duration of the contract has been significantly reduced, since the call for applications launched by TNT was based on a 10-year basis. For its part, the encrypted channel sees most of its obligations renewed. Some of them have also been strengthened, particularly at the level ofaccessibility of its programs “Especially during prime time”, or “On investing in local overseas production”.
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Canal + finally remains on TNT
This new license was not played in advance. It is worth its existence to the CSA which has agreed to let go of the ballast. Earlier this year, Canal + threatened to quit TNT if no regulatory and tax action was taken by the regulatory authority. The pay channel is one of the latest of this kind to remain faithful to the broadcasting channel, loyalty that his boss Maxime Saada justifies by “Its anchoring” in France.
However, TNT is not really interesting for Canal +, as its CEO has already indicated. This only represents 5% of subscribers chain totals in France, while its use requires a cost 2.5 times higher, because of the involvement of the satellite. On average, the subsidiary receives 30% less on a TNT subscriber. These questions were therefore at the heart of the negotiations, alongside the reduction of VAT and the strengthening of measures against piracy, which cost 1 billion euros in 2020 to the French audiovisual sector.