France - Proposed law to allow for introduction of HDTV and DVB-H services.

The Government has made a proposal to modify the broadcasting law of 30 September 1986. The modifications to the existing law would allow for the introduction of new television services such as HDTV and DVB-H, currently not possible.

The proposal will likely be ready for debate in the Parliament by September.

In addition, the new proposal sets 30 November 2011 as the final date for analogue switch-off, with the process beginning in 2009. The Government is likely to make €100 million available to help subsides the costs associated with analogue switch-off.