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Disney+ Locks Exclusive Distribution Deal With French Pay-TV Giant Canal Plus

The two companies have long had a distribution relationship, which in recent years has encompassed Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar film titles. In addition to the Disney+ offering, Canal Plus will continue to be the exclusive distributor of Disney channels in France. – Dade Hayes, Deadline Hollywood » http://dlvr.it/RLKpKs [photo: Disney+]

Netflix to Launch Its Paris Office on Jan. 17

As previously announced, the French outpost won’t be dedicated to production as in Spain, where Netflix bowed its first European production hub, but it will be staffed with executives working across several fields, including production, acquisition, and marketing. The 27,000-square-foot office will spread over three floors and will be located in the heart of Paris, in a chic and hip neighborhood in the city’s 9th arrondissement. – Elsa Keslassy, Variety » https://trib.al/yot6rBf

French broadcasters yanking content off Netflix to build their own streaming service

Last summer, French broadcasters France Télévisions, M6 et TF1 unveiled plans for Salto. This OTT service would be like Netflix, but focused on French content, presumably for viewers in France. The deal was yet another sign of the growing resentment in Europe, particularly in creative fields, about the loss of control to U.S. tech giants. – Chris O’Brien, VentureBeat » http://bit.ly/2FmK5cj

French Government Decides Not To Levy 2% Tax Against YouTube Videos

A proposed law that would have levied a tax against ad-supported videos appears to have been defeated, at least for now. The French Parliament has ruled against the so-called “YouTube tax,” which would have required online video platforms to pay 2% of their ad revenue within France to the country’s National Film Board. – Sam Gutelle, Tubefilter http://ift.tt/2epfi0G

OTT video is growing in Europe

OTT video usage in Western Europe is continuing to expand, with 55% of UK broadband households and 51% in France watching TV programming and movies online, compared to 70% in the US. However, the number of paid subscriptions in Europe is significantly lower, where 30% of broadband households in the UK and 17% in France subscribe to OTT video, compared to 64% of US broadband households. These figures are from Parks Associates Research in their latest OTT Video Market Tracker Service Update. – Broadband TV News

France won’t block public Wi-Fi or ban Tor, PM says

Unlike the proposal to ban Tor, the idea of closing down public Wi-Fi networks in a state of emergency has some rationale. Police believe it’s easier to track down criminals and terrorists if they use data connections other than shared hotspots on the streets. France’s current state of emergency, which was enacted after the recent attacks in Paris, will persist until at least February 26, 2016. The problem is that free Wi-Fi also allows civilians to find vital information during an emergency, such as where the nearest shelter is, or if any transportation is running. This may outweigh the perceived benefits of banning the hotspots, although both proposals are extremely hard to enforce regardless. – Andrii Degeler, Ars Technica UK

Music-Streaming Service Deezer Plans IPO

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[Deezer] said Tuesday it is planning an IPO on the Paris stock exchange toward the end of the year, once it receives the approval of French financial authorities. […] According to Deezer’s new financial disclosure for the IPO, it is no different. Deezer’s revenue grew 41% in the first half of 2015 to €93 million. But the firm remained in the red, losing €9 million in the period. – Sam Schechner, The Wall Street Journal
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