Canal Plus offers digital package
Plans to have all subscribers off analog before 2011PARIS -- Canal Plus has officially joined the digital wave sweeping Gaul with the French pay TV group announcing a switchover from analog to digital via an offer available to subscribers as of Thursday.
All new subscribers to the group's analog service will now have access to Canal Plus Cinema and Canal Plus Sport, plus HD viewing and all 18 channels on the country's DTT platform via a special decoder.
The "all access" offer will be cheaper for consumers than the group's current rate for access to Canal Plus' main network in analog.
Canal Plus plans to see all of its subscribers shift completely from analog to digital viewing by the end of 2010. In addition to the DTT platform, Canal Plus group's networks remain available via cable, satellite and ADSL.
A nationwide shift from analog to digital TV -- known as TNT, or "TV numerique terrestre" in France -- began on March 31, 2005, and the government plans to continue the change-over through November 2011.