Dec. 4 - Netflix is in talks with the French government in hopes of adding Europe's third largest market to its subscriber base. Conway G. Gittens reports.
How do you say Netflix in French? You can't. The online video company is in talks with government officials to launch its streaming service in Europe's third-largest market. But there's some concerns the business model used in 41 mostly English-language countries may not work with Francophiles. For one, France has a complex set of rules that, depending how a subscriber accesses Netflix, could delay viewing a recent movie from four months to up to three years. That's made attempts by others to break into the French market quite difficult. Netflix needs a steady stream of monthly paying subscribers around the world in order to pay-up for costly access to the movies and TV shows customers want to watch.