Blocking of channels: justice does not force Canal + to resume broadcasting TF1 channels

This is a first defeat for TF1. Indeed, La Une had filed a complaint against Canal+ in the hope of obtaining the rebroadcast of its channels on all the platforms of the encrypted channel. The court decided to reject this request.

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We mentioned it in our columns on September 8, 2022. TF1 and Canal+ have decided to resolve the dispute between them in court, after the decision taken by the encrypted channel to no longer broadcast the front page channels on its various platforms.

TF1 was the first to draw by filing a complaint against Canal+, in the hope that justice would force the group led by Maxime Saada to retransmit TF1, TMC, LCI, TF1 Films and Series and TFX on its various bouquets and offers. For its part, Canal+ had filed a summons before the Nanterre commercial court for abuse of a dominant position against the TF1 group.

TF1 suffers a first legal setback against Canal +

However, we have just learned that the commercial court dismissed this Thursday, September 22, 2022 the appeal of TF1 in summary. The front page demanded that the two million TNT Sat subscribers (the Canal+ satellite package which allows DTT to be received in the white zone) could once again receive the signal from the group’s channels.

The court therefore refused, considering that stopping the broadcasting of the five free channels on TNT Sat did not cause either “illicit disorder” neither “imminent damage”. These two conditions are necessary for a summary procedure to be pronounced to put an end to a situation. In the eyes of justice, the TNT Sat offer is “an inseparable part of global contract” on which the dispute between the two chains relates.

By extension, TF1 is unable to invoke “a sudden termination of commercial relations” by focusing his complaint on this point only. Without surprise, the front page announced that it wanted to appeal the decision. As a reminder, this September 16, Maxime Saada drove the point home by declaring that the prices claimed by TF1 were delusional, worthy of major American groups like Universal or Sony. An aberration for free channels according to the CEO of Canal+.

Source : The world

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