New deal on French VOD, DVD window

Pascale Paoli Lebailly

A professional agreement has been reached that should lead to shorter release windows for DVD and VOD movie releases in France.

Movies should now be available via video-on-demand and on DVD four months after their theatrical release, versus six to seven months and a half until now.

New Minister of Culture Frédéric Mitterrand said that the deal has been concluded for the next two years, tacitly renewable each year. He also plans to extend this agreement so that movies could be available for pay-per-view Vod at least four months after the theatrical release, and even after three months under restrictive condictions. Only movies having reached less than 200 sales during the fourth week of theatrical release will be given a three month delay.

Signatories to the deal include theatre owners, distributors, movie directors and producers, TV networks France Télévisions, TF1, Arte, Canal+ and M6 as well as VOD editors and telcos Orange and SFR.