Sam Schechner and Amol Sharma on Netflix’s international plans:
France could be a tricky market to crack. An official “chronology” of movie releases restricts services like Netflix from airing films until three years after they open nationally in theaters, making them less attractive.
In addition, video services in France are usually required to finance film production in the country. On Sunday, French culture minister Aurelie Filippetti told French newspaper Journal du Dimanche she would expect Netflix to follow French rules.