Second HD/DTT trial to be launched in September

The Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel (CSA) is making one frequency channel in select cities available for HDTV testing on the DTT platform. The HDTV trial must use the MPEG-4 video compression standard and consist of HDTV content.

Candidates interested in the HDTV/DTT trial are invited to tender for capacity. However, they must be broadcasters on the free-to-air DTT platform.

The trial license will be available from 1 September 2006 until 7 January 2007 in the cities of Paris (channel 23), Lyon (channel 27) and Marseille (Channel 22). Given the limited amount of capacity available, broadcasters are invited to submit joint projects.

A first HDTV/DTT trial has taken place between 28 May and 17 July in Paris, Lyon and Marseille with broadcasters from France Télévisions, Arte, TF1, Canal+ and M6. Because not all broadcasters could participate in this trial, preference for the second HDTV/DTT trial will be given to broadcasters who were not selected to participate.

Applications must be received by 13 July 2006.