Illicit consumption of content in France has increased slightly since October last year but remains relatively stable, with just under a quarter of consumers engaging in the practice, according to the latest study by anti-piracy authority the Hadopi. However the illicit consumption of TV series has seen a significant rise. The study comes as the French government moved to abolish the ‘three strikes’ anti-piracy regime created by the previous government.According to the Hadopi study, illicit consumption of TV series grew from 9% to 13% between October and May. About 24% of users have engaged in illicit consumption of content overall, with the remainder consuming content exclusively from legal sources. A slightly lower proportion of consumers of series and movies – 71% and 68% respectively – accessed content exclusively from legal sources than was the case with music (76%), video games (82%) and books (87%).The publication of the study followed the French government’s annulment of the part of the Hadopi law that provided for cutting the internet connection of persistent offenders. Aurélie Filippetti, the minister of culture and communication, said that the sanction was “disproportionate” and should be abolished. In practice, the measure has never been implemented, with only one recorded case of someone having their internet connection cut off by a judge.It is expected that the government will legislate to merge the functions of the Hadopi with media regulator the CSA by the end of this year.
Netherlands-based TV Entertainment Reality Network (TERN) will launch a new free-to-air channel next month via SES in both HD and Ultra HD quality.TERN will make the channel exclusively available via satellite in Europe, having contracted capacity from satellite operator SES as part of a long-term agreement.“Our ambition is to broadcast premium programming in an immersive way in Ultra HD. Our aim is to change the way you watch television,” said TERN CEO, Mariam Zamaray.The station will go live in October and will broadcast on the Astra satellite at 19.2° East. More details will be announced at a press conference at MIPCOM in Cannes, France on October 5.SES chief commercial officer, Ferdinand Kayser, said: “2015 is the year in which Ultra HD has become a reality for TV viewers in Europe, and we are pleased that the first three Ultra HD channels in Europe are broadcast via SES satellites.”