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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be released in France on November 9, but the country’s incredibly antiquated “windowing” system, which requires a staggering 17 months between theatrical releases and streaming releases, holds bad news for French Disney Plus subscribers. Despite ongoing negotiations over the current policy, it currently looks like subscribers will have to wait until spring to be able to watch the upcoming MCU film from the comfort of their own homes.
This January, the previous 17-month windowing system received a slight overhaul, but under current restrictions, Disney will have to wait another five to six months before streaming to French consumers, a fact that keeps executives more than inside the company frosty. In a statement to Deadline, the studio noted:
“As we have said before, we believe the chronology is anti-consumer and puts all studios at increased risk for piracy, which is why the majority of stakeholders agree that it needs a complete overhaul. We will continue to actively participate in the upcoming meetings and work closely with the CNC, the Ministry of Culture and the various other stakeholders to try to find a quick and fair solution for all parties. In the meantime, we will continue to make future release decisions on a movie-by-movie basis.”
This isn’t the first time the House of Mouse has come to terms with La Belle France over its outdated publishing policies. During the summer, the company decided against a theatrical release strange world overall, making the film available exclusively to Disney Plus subscribers. Disney was also specifically not among the signatories to the recent January agreement on video-on-demand release timeframes.
Under current conditions, Disney’s French cinema titles can only be purchased four months after their debut. another output deal makes them available to France’s premium television channel Canal Plus after six months. The titles can only be streamed on Disney Plus 17 months after the theatrical release. To make matters worse, the title will only stream on Disney Plus for five months, after which it will stop streaming on Disney and be made available to free-to-air French channels for an exclusive 14-month period. The film will then eventually return to Disney Plus after a total time from theatrical release to final streaming rights of 36 months.
What is French for “spoiler alert”?
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