French content creators call for technology-neutral movie windows

Copyright societies representing French producers, directors, authors and content creators have called for a reduction in the theatrical release window for movies to three months and an alignment of linear and non-linear pay TV distribution on a technology-neutral basis. The groups, the ARP, SACD, SRF, SPI and UPC, have collectively called for identical windows for […]

French constitutional court rules ad tax illegal but CNC avoids payback

France’s Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), which dispenses public support for content creation in the country, has avoided having to pay back over €500 million to commercial channels’ advertising arms after the constitutional court ruled that a tax on advertising revenues to support content was unconstitutional. The Conseil Constitutionnel ruled that […]

Swisscom launches UHD TV box

Swisscom has launched a new UHD TV box and will air UHD football matches from the European Championships from public broadcast channel SRF Zwei. According to the telco, the launch means that its customers will be the first people in Switzerland who will be able to watch individual games broadcast in UHD quality on SRF […]

French cineastes launch Le Cinetek directors’ choice VoD service

A group of French and international film directors and Meilleurs du Cinéma, the group behind video-on-demand platform Univers Ciné, have teamed up to launch a new VoD platform, La Cinetek, which will offer a selection based on directors’ individual ‘top 50’ titles. The service, developed with directors’ group the Société du Réalisateurs du Film’s (SRF), […]

UPC Cablecom launches SVoD service ahead of Netflix’s arrival

Liberty Global-owned Swiss cable operator, UPC Cablecom, has launched a subscription video-on-demand offering, MyPrime, with content including several thousand classic films, series, children’s programmes and documentaries as well as programming from public broadcaster SRF. The move comes ahead of Netflix’s imminent launch in the country.  MyPrime is available for CHF9.95 (€8.24), or for no additional […]