Orange could cut off the signal of BFMTV in the absence of an agreement

The CEO of the operator Orange, Stéphane Richard, has been estimated Thursday on France 2, that it was "conceivable" to come to also cut off the signals of th

Orange could cut off the signal of BFMTV in the absence of an agreement

The CEO of the operator Orange, Stéphane Richard, has been estimated Thursday on France 2, that it was "conceivable" to come to also cut off the signals of the channels of the group Altice, BFMTV, RMC Découverte and RMC Story, and in the absence of future agreement on the compensation.

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"We don't want to get to the same point but it is possible to cut also the signal if there was no agreement," confirmed Stéphane Richard, recalling, however, that the two groups were not there yet since the end of the agreement between Altice and Orange, which was initially planned in September, has been postponed.

"We have a position aligned with that of Free, we consider that there is a balance between the publishers of strings and the operators we are: in carrying free of charge the channels we can ensure a hearing, without request of compensation in return", has detailed the CEO of the historic operator.

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he acknowledges that an agreement was signed with the groups TF1 and M6, Stéphane Richard also recalled that this agreement applies to "associated services". "I don't want to prejudge the negotiations to come we will have with Altice, but for the time being, (those associated services, editor's NOTE) there is not," said Stéphane Richard.

"The question is not the amount of the cheque, we will pay if there is an additional service provided to the consumer, not in the contrary case", he insisted.

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The group Altice, parent company of channels BFMTV, RMC Découverte and RMC Story as well as the operator SFR and its rival Iliad, parent company of Free, has not managed to reach agreement concerning the broadcast of the three channels of Altice via the Freebox, resulting in since Monday, the cut of their broadcast via ADSL and fibre.

Updated Date: 30 August 2019, 00:00

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