CSA confirms plans for 3 Pay-DTT channels

French broadcast regulator Le Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA) has confirmed plans for three new pay-TV channels on the country’s DTT system and has issued a call for bids for the first channel which will be broadcast in the R3 multiplex.
Bids must be submitted by the 15th October, 2010, with public hearings and selection scheduled for December 2010, followed by service authorisation in January 2011.
Further capacity within R3 will be advertised in September.
Also during Q3 2010 two more pay-TV channels and two free-to-air high definition channels will be advertised.
“The CSA plans to give another chance to pay on DTT,” said CSA President Michel Boyon. “Pay-TV can meet the expectations of free channels which can provide an appropriate response.”
Source: Broadband TV News
Item added: 26th July 2010