“The screen is tiny and the sound bad, but do I really have a choice? »breathes Jean-Michel, subscriber to CanalSat.
To continue to follow “Tomorrow belongs to us”, “Here everything begins” and the TMC soap operas, this retiree from Var now connects to MyTF1, via his smartphone.
Same for watching the 1 p.m. by Marie-Sophie Lacarrau, which he finds “friendlier and funnier than Julian Bugier” on France 2.
It was his daughter who installed the application for him, three days after Canal+ cut the signal from the TF1 group’s channels on September 4, following a commercial disagreement.
Including for the two million homes subscribed to the TNT Sat offer, another subsidiary of the Vivendi group. Four weeks that the showdown lasts between these two major players in the PAF.
“The worst thing would be if nothing worked out for the football world…”, dreads our former butcher. A scenario that cannot be ruled out.
Thursday 22, the front page, which estimates a 10% drop in its audience on average, lost a legal round: nothing obliges the management of the encrypted channel to restore the satellite broadcast of TF1, TMC, TFX, TF1 Series Movies and LCI.
“Our door is open to quickly find a balanced agreement for everyone”assures TF1, confirming the ups and downs in the negotiations despite the upcoming arrival of Rodolphe Belmer as the new boss.
Canal + side, difficult to take the temperature. ” No comment “, tell us several people close to the file.
A guide for fans
In the meantime, TF1 encourages viewers to opt for one of the various B plans depending on the case, with the implementation of advertising campaigns and a hotline to inform the faithful directly, 7 days a week. “We received more than 1,600 calls in the first days, specifies the chain. And we still have 600.
Only alternative for the inhabitants of the white zones: to switch to FranceSat, which provides the same service as TNT Sat. “Without being able to quantify it yet, we have seen a peak in activity in recent weeks.reports Jean-Luc Deroudhile, general manager of the platform, which claims a file of two million households. At least with us, there is no risk of a commercial dispute. »
This is the option considered by Annick, who lives perched in La Turbie, on the heights of Monaco. “For that, I would have to buy a demodulator and call in a technician”says this hairdresser at home, who calculated this possibility at 200 euros.
All this to find the 20 Hours of Gilles Bouleau, the weather forecast of the front page, which she judges “most reliable” and “the debates on LCI rather than those of BFMTV”. “I wanted to take a box, but we don’t have enough flow here”she laments.
The unhappy and the happy
Subscriber to CanalSat for 14 years, Maeva has other problems. “Sure that the conflict will last”, she signed up for the 4G box offered by Orange. Especially for the Blues.
“Without the matches of the France team, it would be war at home”, continues this mother of three young supporters. And a little for her husband, “very consumer of LCI but not of BFM or CNews which he does not appreciate”.
Thierry, resident of Èze, watches “Daily” on his computer, but is not a fan of TF1. Quite the opposite of Françoise, his mother, with whom he returned to live. “I miss the 12 noon shots and Jean-Luc Reichmannunderlines the latter. Laurence Boccolini is not the same thing. »
His son got used to it. “It feels good not to hear the front page on a loop anymore. Anyway, we can’t install the MyTF1 application on the TV in the living room »rejoices he who is not “not ready to pay a subscription to Molotov or Salto to receive free channels”. Other solutions put forward by TF1.
Also deprived of the One, Caroline inquired so that her parents are at least connected to the fiber. “Without their big mass at 8 p.m., they will go crazy,” slips this retail employee. Like all TF1 programs, it punctuated their days. All that for stories of big money. It disgusts me. »
Three of his colleagues found another trick: “a dish connected to an Algerian decoder. For 30 euros, they can pick up all the channels, even the paid onesshe explains. If it wasn’t illegal, I would have already installed it! “.