Thes streaming platforms will take notice of a new legislative framework in France, effective in the first quarter of next year. In a decree to be published on Monday, Netflix, Disney Plus and even Amazon Prime Video will discover the new obligations desired by the French government within the framework of its rules on investment in French, independent production and in the chronology of the media.
The decree will be an opportunity to convert the obligations of television channels to streaming platforms , operating on French soil and meeting the solid laws of France in matters cultural investment. According to the various points mentioned, the platforms hope both to be housed in the same boat as the TVs, while wishing for a framework thatdoes not include them in the same basket.
Our colleagues from Le Monde, who recall the details of the case, tried to contact each of the platforms without however being able to note comments from the spokespersons . The giants Netflix, Amazon and Disney Plus fear the day of October 26, and here are in detail the new rules and levels that the State is planning.
French investment and chronology of media
The first point concerns the contribution of streaming platforms to French creation and the chronology of the media. In fact, the government would certainly be preparing a scale acting simultaneously on these two points, with a better position in the media chronology in exchange for a greater investment in French creation.
The numberss reported by Le Monde show an investment of 25% of turnover reinvested in French productions projects in exchange for a film screening right one year after their release At the movie theater. The duration would be postponed between thirteen and twenty-four months for an investment of only 22.5% of turnover in creations. For 20%, then the place in the chronology of the media would be pushed back to a waiting period of 24 months.
This French exception in the right to broadcast films released in theaters is currently to the advantage of Canal +. Her wait time before a movie is released is only six to eight months. Le Monde nevertheless recalls that this exception is due to the massive investment of the television group, of the order of 80% of its turnover devoted to cinema projects.
The second major point on which the government decree will focus on Monday concerns productionsindependent. In addition to wanting to promote creation, the State should require that 60% of investments in streaming platforms be devoted to independent projects.
This is to frame the investment plan of Netflix and his cronies towards projects that are not under his aegis. On this point, the platforms should not be too offended: in particular at Netflix, which has already had great success with external productions which had few ambitions at the start (season 1 of the Casa de papel is an example).
In addition, their contribution of around 60% (the share will be confirmed next Monday) will be lower than what TV channels knew in the past, at 75% . That said, the platforms will be very receptive to the Monday publication and the public consultation qui will follow the following weeks. Behind percentages that may seem trivial, millions of euros will be at stake between the economic health of platforms and French cultural protection.