Free could ask TF1 to pay not to be cut on the Freebox!

Free could ask TF1 to pay not to be cut on the Freebox!

Free plans to ask TF1 to pay not to cut his Freebox channels, reveal our colleagues in Les Echos. Tired of the threats of the TF1 group, the operator will not be content to cut the broadcast of the channels on his Freebox. In case of legal action by TF1, Free will ask to be paid for the broadcast of 6 channels of the group. The balance of power between TF1 and Free is it about to switch? On March 31, 2018, the broadcasting contract linking TF1 to Free will come to an end. Determined not to yield to the financial requirements of the private channel, which claims 22 million euros annually, Free has already announced its intention to cut the 6 channels of the TF1 group from 1 April 2018. For the hour, negotiations seem to be short between Free and TF1. As stated recently by Maxime Lombardini, CEO of Free, "the discussions are at a standstill with TF1".
Free does not exclude to make pay TF1 to be diffused on Freeboxes
"In the event of litigation in court, Free would ask to be paid by TF1 for the distribution of the chains of the Bouygues group subsidiary" reveal our colleagues of Echo. Like Canal +, Free puts forward the following argument: if TF1 becomes a pay channel, it can not broadcast sports events "of major importance" like the Olympic Games. A 2004 decree allows free channels to broadcast live and in full this type of events. Faced with its contradictions, TF1 will give up some of its privileges At the moment, TF1 must already deprive of Canal + subscribers. On Thursday, March 1, Canal + and Canalsat ceased broadcasting of the TF1 group's channels, due to a lack of agreement between the two players. Like Orange and Free, Canal + finds the requirements of TF1 unrealistic. The cut decided by Canal + had a direct impact on TF1 audiences. This Saturday, March 3, the private channel's news was even outstripped by that of France 2. In this context, TF1 can afford to deprive itself of the 6.5 million Freebox subscribers? Are the operators on the verge of gaining ascendancy over the audiovisual group?

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