Digital Tv has been introduce in France in Aprail 1996, with the launche of Disgital Pay Tv service Canal Satellite (1993 in analog mode). 2 competitor to Canal satellite,also operating a satellite service, entered in the market in the end of 1996

TPS mean "Television Par Satellite"
AB Sat "a service operated by AB Production, A television Production independent company

Canal+ & Canal Satellite transmit from a Astra Satellite; TPS operates from an Eutelsat/Hotbird Satellite.AB Sat transmits a different package on each of the two satellites.

Canal+ is a very strong competitor of TPS @ present as regard movies rights.Neverthe less, digital packages also drives new offers in the nation market.Each of the three major satellite packages offers the full range of thematic channels ( movies, Childern, documentaries, music, sports etc). Most of the channels are exclusive to one satellite package, with few exceptions for example Eurosoprts it is a subsidiary of both Canal+ and TF1 (a shareholder of TPS) is proposed by two bouquets


Name: AB SAT
Date of launch: December 1996
Share Holders: MMP 50% : C.Berda 40% : J-L Azoulaz 10%


Name: Canal+
Date of launch: 1984 Analog- terrestrial
1996 Digital-Satellite and Cable
Share Holders: Vivendi

Name: Canal Satellite
Date of Launche: April 1996 in Digital Services
Share Holders: Canal+ 63% ; Pathe 18% ; Generale Des Eaux 9% ; Time Warn 10%


Name: Television Par Satellite in other words TPS
Date Of Launch: December 1996
Share Holders: TF1 25% ; France Television & France Telecom 25% ;M6 20% ; CLT 20% ; Lyonnaise Communications 10%

Name: France Telecom Cable
Date Of Launche: 1997 Digital service
Share Holders: France Telecom 100%

Name: Lyonnaise cable
Date Of Launch: 1997 Digital Services
Share Holders: Lyonnaise Communications : 77% Lyonnaise Des Eaux ; France Telecom Cable 17% ; US West 6%

Name: NC Numericable
Date Of Launch: May 1997 digital service
Share Holders: Canal+ 85% ; general Des Eaus 15%

This was a little about Franch channels and DTH services.now-a-days in Asia we have Dish TV and Tata Sky which are providing excellent channels to the viewers with very powerful securities like Conax, media Guard 2 and NDS/ Videoguard respectively.so we can say Asia is also progressing forward in this field.and i have hurd by some of the people that soon in Pakistan Wateen and PTCL also want to start the DTH but i personally feel they will start the DTH in Pakistan after 30 to 40 years when our childs will be of our age.and also it is a big issue for Pakistani DTH that which kind of security level they selected for the DTH? Conax, Power VU, or NDS etc are very expensive...

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