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France Looking At Taxing Netflix, Amazon To Fund Film And Tv - Yahoo News

"I have read more... no doubt the solutions France will come up with will also interest Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain and Poland." The comments were the latest sign that France is determined to protect its audiovisual sector, and will counter any attempts by the visit here big American companies to avoid French taxes used to support domestic productions. French President Francois Hollande said in October that European laws on audiovisual services should be overhauled so that digital companies based outside of Europe but streaming to European customers are subject to the same taxes as European firms. View gallery France may tax streaming video providers, such as Amazon, to bolster the state-subsidised French TV France has already taken a first step this year by changing its laws to compel online companies located outside of the country but selling to French consumers to pay sales tax. That measure notably hits Netflix, which started streaming to French customers in September 2014. Its European headquarters are moving this year from Luxembourg to The Netherlands. Google is increasingly making inroads into streaming commercial movies and TV shows through its YouTube subsidiary, and online retail giant Amazon is also getting in on the act with its Amazon Prime Instant Video service, which this month signed up Woody Allen for his own series. - Netflix, Amazon 'shaking up' sector - "Globally, the sector is reconfiguring itself and the emergence of new actors like Netflix and Amazon are shaking up the production and distribution landscape," Pellerin said. France has a vibrant film and television sector thanks to a system that requires television networks to hand over a proportion of their turnover to back domestic production, on top of a series of public grants and funds. The result is a diverse field of many small- to mid-size production companies, unlike in home the United States, where studios and listed entertainment conglomerates dominate.
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