Canal launches digital terrestrial service


PARIS -- French pay TV group Canal Plus is launching a new service that will allow consumers to access free digital terrestrial television channels via satellite, the company said Thursday.

The June 15 launch of TNTSAT comes three months after former cultural minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres' "television of the future" law was passed in the territory three months ago. The initiative calls for a major national shift from analog to digital television in every household.

The TNTSAT service offers 18 free DTT channels in addition to a free "France O" information service for users. As of September, all TV French households equipped with a TNTSAT terminal and ASTRA satellite technology will be able to access the digital service.