French VOD should be protected

The media producers organisation in France, SACD, has insisted the sector must be protected and not be ‘held hostage’ to European harmonisation. It spoke out in criticising the CSA’s opposition to the Government’s plan to make content quotas part of the price of attaining a VOD operating licence.

The CSA thinks national and European quotas will put French VoD operators at a significant disadvantage to other platforms that could be based outside the country. SACD said European rules must prevent this but, meantime, national regulation was needed.

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