The French media authority has announced the winning channels for a new broadcast mobile television service to start transmitting later this year. Following auditions in April, the CSA selected 13 channels from 36 applicants for the service. The mobile television service will be available using the DVB-H standard by the end of 2008.
Known in France as télévision mobile personnelle, or TMP, the service will be largely free to air.
There will be mobile channels for Canal+ and its news channel i-Télé. TF1 will broadcast its main channel as well as Eurosport but not its news channel LCI. M6 and sister channel W9 will be represented. Euronews also missed out.
The full list is: BFM :TV, Canal+, Direct :8, EuropaCorp :TV, Eurosport, I-Télé, M6, NRJ :12, NT1, Orange Sport, TF1, Virgin :17 and W9. Public channels France :2, France :3 and France :5 have already been issued with licences.
The Canal+ and EuroSport channels will be subscription services. Canal+ will be 25 euros a month, or 15 euros to existing subscribers, while EuroSport will be 1 euro a month.