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Call to candidatures DVB in high definition: selection of the candidates

Official statement of the Thursday, October 8, 2015

Within the framework of the call to the candidatures of July 29th, 2015 for the edition of television services for national vocation in high definition on digital terrestrial television (DVB), the Superior council of audio-visual proceeded, at his full session of October 7th, 2015, with the selection of the candidates who will diffuse their programs in high definition after the generalization of the standard of compression MPEG-4 envisaged in April 2016.

Taking into account at the same time the priority requests for reservations which reached him on behalf of the Government for France 3, France 4, France 5, France Ô, on behalf of the National Assembly and the Senate for Parliamentary chain (LCP – YEAR and Public Senate), but also the available resource and the priority envisaged by the law with the profit of chains SD (simple definition) wishing to pass in HD (high definition), the Council selected the twelve candidates appearing in the table below (alphabetical order).


Legal person candidate Name of the chain
SA Company of edition of Canal Plus Canal+ Cinema (HD)
SA Company of edition of Canal Plus Canal+ Sport (HD)
SAS D17 D17 (HD)
SAS D8 D8 (HD)
SAS Youth TV Gulli HD
SAS Planet Cables Planète+ (paying) (HD)
SA Tele Monte Carlo TMC (HD)


Since December 12th, 2012, the televisual offer of services diffused in high definition counted 11 chains in metropolis. Starting from April 2016, this number goes more than to double to reach an offer of 29 services to national vocation[1], of which the whole of the free national chains. These chains will be available for more than 95% of the metropolitan population, subject having an installation of reception compatible with standard MPEG-4 and directed towards a transmitter of the network of diffusion of the DVB.

The obligations and the commitments of diffusion in high definition, which relate to a large volume of programs, will be registered in conventions of the selected editors[2] and will allow a notable improvement of the quality of image in DVB.

The delivery of the authorizations to the editors remains subordinate to the adoption of the legislative texts and lawful necessary.

The Council will indicate soon the composition of the multiplexings [3].



[1] the Parliamentary chain comprises two services with national vocation: LCP – National Assembly and Public Senate.

[2] the minimal obligations fixed in the call to the candidatures of July 29th, 2015 are the following ones: the programs will be, each day, diffused completely in real high definition between 16:00 and midnight (with, for certain types of programs, a possible exemption within the 6 hours limit on average weekly). Between midnight and 16:00, the editor will have to diffuse on average weekly, at least 90 hours of programs in real high definition. These obligations, between 16:00 and midnight on the one hand, and midnight and 16:00 on the other hand, could be reached at the end of a rise in load which will be completed on December 31st, 2018.

[3] Domestic networks of diffusion of digital terrestrial television. A multiplexing makes it possible to diffuse several chains.



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