A hot topic for years, France’s media timeline has just been revamped, which will notably allow Canal+ and platforms like Netflix to deliver films more quickly after their cinema release. aegis of the Ministry of Culture by some twenty actors including television channels, Internet broadcasting platforms and even producers. It was eagerly awaited, the rules currently in force expiring in early February. Main consequence for the general public: the new releases will be available on Canal +, historical funder of French cinema, six months after their theatrical release, against eight so far .Then will come the subscription video services, depending on their contribution to the production: Netflix will be able to broadcast the films 15 months after their release, the other platforms, which have not signed the agreement, after 17 months. They pass in front of the free television channels, the latter still showing the films 22 months after the theatrical release. “Reaching an agreement was mission impossible […] but all the stakeholders realized that it was necessary to overcome the quarrels of chapels given the difficulties”, rejoiced the minister, after the signing of the agreement. The chronology of the media aims to protect the rooms, which have the first exclusivity of the films, but also the channels and broadcasters who finance the cinema.And, in the end, to preserve the diversity of French production, one of its strong points.The new agreement was sealed in pain after several years of arm wrestling, the television channels and Canal+ trying to preserve their achievements, while the arrival of the platforms upset the situation. Review clause Overall, the agreement is good news because more money should be injected into French cinematographic production, we emphasize on the side of the National Federation of French Cinema (FNCF). Canal +, which announced in December to join forces with the world of cinema, offering an nt guaranteed more than 600 million euros for the next three years”, retains its first place. “This modernized media chronology recognizes the unique position of Canal + in the film financing cycle”, welcomes the group in a press release. , specifying that more than 400 films are broadcast in first exclusivity each year on its channels. Above all, this new media chronology marks a new stage in the integration of the American online video giants into the French cinema ecosystem. In December, Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV had officially integrated the system. French for financing audiovisual and cinematographic productions. They will have to pay 20% to 25% of their turnover in France for local production, an expected windfall of 250 to 300 million euros per year for films, series, and other tricolor fiction, starting this year.Netflix , the only one of these giants to have signed, is a good student: “This agreement is a first significant step in modernizing the chronology of the media”, underlined a spokesperson with AFP. “We believe that the new media timeline […] does not establish a fair and proportionate framework between the various players in the audiovisual ecosystem”, regretted for its part the management of Disney. “This is all the more frustrating as we have increased our investments in the creation of original content French,” added the American company, which will have to follow the new rules, even without having signed them. Monday is concluded for three years, a review clause has been set in one year, in order to draw up an initial assessment. “We will be very vigilant about the balance of power between these major platforms and French players”, warned Thomas Valentin, vice-president of the M6 group.
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