TV5MONDE to launch first French-language film VOD platform in U.S.
TV5MONDE TO LAUNCH FIRST FRENCH-LANGUAGE FILM VOD PLATFORM IN U.S. ON COMCAST SYSTEMS
‘CINEMA ON DEMAND’ TO FEATURE BOTH RECENT FAVORITES AND CLASSIC FILMS
LOS ANGELES, July 10, 2013 ― TV5MONDE USA, America’s only 24/7 French language entertainment channel, is launching the first video on demand (VOD) cable platform devoted solely to French-language films on July 11. TV5MONDE Cinema On Demand will premiere in 12 Comcast systems around the country offering recent releases as well as a broad range of French classics. The announcement was made today by Yves Bigot, General Manager of TV5MONDE.
TV5MONDE Cinema On Demand will be available to Comcast customers who are subscribers of TV5MONDE USA’s linear channel and an average of 15 movies will be offered each month. The monthly package fee for subscribers starts at $9.99, which includes both the TV5MONDE USA channel and unlimited film viewing on TV5MONDE Cinema On Demand. TV5MONDE subscribers on Xfinitywill also be able to access the Cinema On Demand service online at xfinitytv.net and through internet connected devices via the Xfinity app.
The service will initially be available to Comcast customers in San Francisco and Northern California, Denver, Miami and South Florida, Boston, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Houston, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and NewJersey. The films represent some of the biggest titles produced by such well-known French-language cinema production and distribution companies as TF1 International, Films Distribution, Pathé, Le Pacte, BAC Films, Pyramide, Le Petit Bureau, Celluloïd Dreams and Les Films du Losange.
Said Mr. Bigot,“Throughout its history TV5MONDE has celebrated French-language cinemathroughout the world and the launch of this new service – another important benchmark for the channel – is a natural expansion of our entertainment offerings in the U.S.” He added, “Together,TV5MONDE and TV5MONDE Cinema on Demand, will now deliver a uniquely inclusive programming package to our Comcast subscribers that offers convenience and the best in French-language cinema, including select U.S. premieres.”
Each month, TV5MONDE Cinema On Demand will feature a variety of special themes. A special tribute honoring Academy Award-winning actor Jean Dujardin will follow Dujardin’s career in cinema with such titles including Contre Enquête (2007), Lucky Luke (2009), and the U.S. premiere of the documentary The Adventures of The Artist in America (2012).
This fall will feature a selection of Paris-themed films that highlight the beauty, style, and history of the City of Lights, including La Folle Histoire D’amour de Simon Eskenazy (2009) and Tout ce qui Brille (2010) as well as a collection of films starring Gerard Depardieu including Affaire Dominici (1973), L’Autre Dumas (2010), and Turf( 2012). An assortment of romantic comedies will present notable French actresses such as Academy Award-winner Marion Cotillard in Ma Vie en L’air (2006) and the unforgettable Romy Schneider in the classic Une Histoire Simple (1978).
Contre Enquête (2007) by Franck Mancuso with Jean Dujardin and Laurent Lucas. Homicide Captain Richard Malinowski runs his own investigation to findout whether the man convicted of murdering his daughter is actually guilty.
Lucky Luke (2009) by James Huth with Jean Dujardin and Michaël Youn. Knownas “The man who shoots faster than his shadow,” Lucky Luke is on a mission tobring peace to his hometown.
The Adventures of The Artist in America (2012) by Didier Allouche follows the extraordinary journey of the making of The Artist, a film that dared to take amajor creative risk that led to 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture, BestDirector, and Best Actor for Jean Dujardin.
La Folle Histoire D’amour de Simon Eskenazy (2009) by Jean-Jacques Zilbermannwith Antoine de Caunes and Mehdi Dehbi. Musician Simon Eskanazy is trying to finish his record when he issuddenly introduced to a 10 year-old son he’s never met.
Tout ce qui Brille (2010) by Géraldine Nakache andHervé Mimran with Leïla Bekhti and Géraldine Nakache. Having grown up 10 minutes outside of Paris, best friendsEly and Lila make there way to the big city and enter a world where everythingseems possible.
Affaire Dominici (1973) by Claude Bernard-Aubertwith Gérard Depardieu and Jeanne Allard. In this classic crime drama, Gaston Dominici confesses to murder butthen later changes his story at trial.
L’Autre Dumas (2010) by Safy Nebbou with Gérard Depardieu and BenoîtPoelvoorde presents a portrait of one of France’s most celebrated authors,Alexandre Dumas.
Turf (2012) by Fabien Onteniente with Alain Chabat and GérardDepardieu. Four middle-agedfriends jump into the world of horse racing in order to relive the excitementof their youth.
Ma Vie en L’air (2006) by Rémi Bezançon with Marion Cotillard and Vincent Elbaz. A flight simulatorinstructor must overcome his ironic fear of flying or risk losing the woman ofhis dreams.
Une histoire simple (1978) by Claude Sautet with Romy Schneider and Claude Brasseur. A 38-year-old divorced woman is tornbetween her lover and her ex-husband.
TV5MONDE USA aims to bring the U.S. audience programming that includes new and classic French-language films, documentaries, event coverage and international news shows.
TV5MONDE is the only digital, global French-language network,broadcasting 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to more than 235 millionhouseholds in 200 countries worldwide, making it the leading generalentertainment television network in the world in terms of subscribers. Inthe United States, TV5MONDE USA is seen throughout the nation on cable systemsbelonging to Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Time Warner and more. Thechannel’s U.S. headquarters are based in Los Angeles.
TV5MONDE is a network comprised of nine different channels serving the USA, Latin America, Europe, France / Belgium / Switzerland, MiddleEast, Africa, Asia, Pacific and one servingCanada, TV5 Québec Canada. TV5MONDE USA is available in all major markets viaDish and your local cable provider. To find channel information and moreinformation about TV5MONDE USA and its programming, please visit www.tv5monde.com/usa.