Canal+ Group, the Vivendi-owned French TV group, has won its court case against TF1 after being sued by latter following a dispute over carriage fees. The ruling was issued on Sept. 22 by the business court of Paris.
Chaired by Maxime Saada (pictured), Canal+ was previously distributing TF1 and its channels TFX, TF1 Séries Films and LCI as part of its TNT Sat paybox platform which traditionally gives access to all French channels. But when their pact was about to expire on Aug. 31, TF1 tried to renegotiate the terms of the agreements and asked Canal+ for pay 50% more for the right to distribute its free-to-air channels. Canal+ refused and subsequently stopped distributing them, leading TF1 to sue the banner.
“TF1 lost all its claims (…) The group wanted to force Canal+ to reinstate the signal for all its free channels on Canal’s TNT Sat platform without allowing Canal+ subscribers to access them,” said Canal+ in a release.
“Canal+ is asking TF1 Group to be more responsible to ensure that it respects its own programming obligations and commits to distribute its free-to-air channels as soon it will allow Canal+ to distribute them freely,” Canal+ continued.