The global Francophone TV5 Monde network launched, on Wednesday, its free global video-on-demand platform, which is a French response to giant American platforms such as Netflix.
“We do not present ourselves as a competitor to the American platforms, we do not claim that, nor do we have the capabilities for that, but rather we seek to provide an alternative in French,” said TV5 Monde General Manager. He added, “It is about the global Francophone sovereignty, and of the French in the digital world as well as in the world of television.”
The broadcast hours that have become available, totaling three thousand, include a group of programs previously shown by TV5 Monde’s “partner” stations, including “France TV”, “Radio France”, “Radio Canada” and “Tele Quebec” And TV5 Quebec Canada and others.
Pigou pointed out that the global francophone digital platform project that French President Emmanuel Macron had talked about during the Francophone summit in Yerevan, Armenia, in October 2018, was completed with the impetus of Canada, which “tested the strength and influence of Netflix on its soil before Europe.” He explained that the Canadian government subsequently invested “14 million Canadian dollars over five years” in the platform.
While Pigou did not disclose the total cost of the platform, he said that it is partly funded by TV5 Monde’s annual budget of 108 million euros.