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France - Digital Economy and Digital TV - Insights, Statistics and Analysis


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France is one of Europe’s key markets for telecom convergence. It has Europe’s largest IPTV sector, while a fast-growing number of consumers have adopted bundled offers. The success of this market largely rests on fierce competition which has brought the cost of most bundles to below €30 per month. DSL operators have invested in network upgrades incorporating ADSL2+, while the incumbent France Telecom is deploying a wide-reaching hybrid ADSL/fibre network providing high bandwidth services to meet consumer needs. The consolidated cable sector is now dominated by Numéricable, which manages an upgraded network capable of competing effectively with DSL offerings. Significant progress has also been made in France’s digital terrestrial TV sector, with the first region having been switched to digital services. This report reviews France’s multiple-play and digital TV sectors, including services such as VoD and IPTV and developments in digital, cable and satellite TV. It also examines the latest regulatory measures relating to digital convergence and applications.

Key developments:

IPTV subscriber base continues growth; DTTV ASO reached; trial interactive data broadcasts of using HbbTV authorised; DVB-T2 standard may be adopted by end-2015; Orange TV migrates to single access platform; SFR drops IPTV service in favour of partnership with Canal+; regulator’s market data to Q4 2012; operator data to Q4 2012; market developments to April 2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

Vivendi, Orange, SFR, Iliad, Bouygues Telecom, TPS, AB Group, TNTSat, Canal+.


1. Synopsis
2. Digital Media
2.1 Key general trends
2.2 Business models
2.2.1 Bundled services
2.2.2 Numéricable
2.3 Regulator issues
2.3.1 VoIP
3. Digital TV
3.1 Overview
3.2 Broadband TV (IPTV)
3.2.1 Orange
3.2.2 SFR
3.2.3 Free
3.2.4 Bouygues Telecom
3.3 Video-on-Demand (VoD)
3.4 VoIP
3.5 Interactive TV (iTV)
3.6 Cable TV (CATV)
3.6.1 Cable consolidation
3.7 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
3.7.1 Canal+
3.7.2 TPS
3.7.3 GlobeCast
3.7.4 Orange
3.7.5 AB Group
3.7.6 TNTSat
3.7.7 SFR
3.7.8 PVRs
3.8 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
3.8.1 Background
3.8.2 Regulatory framework
3.8.3 Digital switchover
3.8.4 Digital dividend
3.8.5 DTTV launched
3.9 Free-to-Air (FTA)
4. Related reports
Table 1 – IPTV subscribers, proportion of DSL base – 2004 - 2012
Table 2 – Orange IPTV/satellite subscribers – 2005 - 2012
Table 3 – Orange Cinéma Séries’ and Sport subscribers – 2009 - 2011
Table 4 – Free broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2011
Table 5 – VoD market value – 2008 - 2012
Table 6 – VoIP lines and traffic in minutes – 2004 - 2013
Table 7 – VoIP traffic as proportion to all traffic – 2004 - 2012
Table 8 – France Telecom VoIP and Livebox subscribers – 2005 - 2012
Table 9 – Cable pay TV subscribers and penetration – 1997 – 2011; 2015
Table 10 – Satellite pay TV subscribers and penetration – 1997 – 2011; 2015
Table 11 – Canal+ Group revenue – 2005 - 2012
Table 12 – Canal + France subscribers – 2006 - 2012
Table 13 – Orange pay-TV subscribers – 2007 - 2011
Chart 1 – IPTV subscribers, proportion of DSL base – 2004 – 2012
Chart 2 – France Telecom VoIP and Livebox subscribers – 2005 - 2012
Chart 3 – Cable pay TV subscribers and penetration – 1997 – 2011; 2015
Chart 4 – Satellite pay TV subscribers and penetration – 1997 – 2011; 2015
Exhibit 1 – Overview of digital media

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