Archive for July 2018

Essential Opportunities for the African Entertainment

The arrival of the American giant Netflix in September 2014 was accompanied by a powerful spotlight on video on demand with subscription. The arrival in Africa of the American giant has not failed to spur competition and give birth to new projects in the same sector. Demand Africa now streaming offers you an update on online video in its different forms.

Download, torrent and streaming, what differences?

Internet users have not waited for Netflix or other video-on-demand platforms to watch movies and TV shows from the Internet. The downloading and streaming of videos goes back several years.

It will be question here only of legal downloading. The illegal one may be a reality, it is a personal approach involving only the responsibility of everyone with risks generally known to the user.

Download: The major difference between downloading and streaming the same video is that the first is to recover the entire video and store it on the hard drive.

Streaming:  Streaming is based on the broadcast of a video stream by one or more computer servers to a computer, a mobile or a TV. The benefits of streaming are many such as near-instant availability of video, free storage capacity, and the ability to view video from any location with a laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

The BitTorrent protocol:The goal of the Torrent principle is to decrease the download time and allow simultaneous access. To summarize, it is a question of cutting the downloaded file in several segments. These segments (packets) are present on several servers, which allows the user to simultaneously download the different packets of the same video file. The segments are then reassembled by the dedicated software to reconstruct the original file. The risk of infection is not to be overlooked, a virus can easily hide in the downloaded file and spread to other computers connected to the network.

From 2018, VOD platforms based outside France such as Netflix or Amazon will have to contribute financially to French film production while they have so far escaped this obligation. This directive of European origin will require foreign platforms to devote 15% of the turnover made in France to the production of European films or series. 12% will have to be invested in French creations.

Video on demand: not everything and especially not immediately

Download or video on demand, certain rules are imposed in France concerning the provision of cinema films by the CSA . This schedule defines the delay of diffusion according to the modes of exploitation.

The deadline runs from the theatrical release:

  • 4 months: DVD, Blu-Ray or video on demand pay per unit
  • 10 months: 1 st exclusive broadcast on a pay channel
  • 22 months: 2 nd exclusive broadcast on a Pay TV channel
  • 22 months: Unencrypted broadcast on channels that have signed co-production commitments of a minimum of 3.2% of the channel’s turnover
  • 30 months: Free broadcast without co-production commitment
  • 36 months: Video on demand with subscription
  • 48 months: Free video streaming for the consumer

For subscription video platforms, these constraints are inappropriate and incite the piracy of recent movies.

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