Netflix inks deal to expand French-language offerings

The VOD provider has signed a multi-year licensing agreement with Radio-Canada to make a variety of French Canadian series, including season one of Les Parent (pictured), available to its customers.
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Netflix Canada announced Monday a multi-year licensing agreement with Radio-Canada that will see it bring several new additions to its existing French-language lineup.

“We are excited to partner with Radio-Canada and add these great French Canadian titles to our growing catalogue of serialized TV. Adding high-quality content to our service in Canada remains a priority, and we are excited to bring such a rich mixture of series to our members throughout the country,” said Netflix director of content acquisition Jerry Kowal in a statement.

“Radio-Canada is proud of this agreement with Netflix, which reflects our commitment to providing home-grown audiences with our original Canadian content, when, where and how they want it,” said executive director of the Radio-Canada Revenue Group Jean Mongeau in his own statement

Courtesy of the deal, the VOD giant will offer up the first season of Jacques Davidts comedy series Les Parent.

Also included in the deal are past seasons of Renée-Claude Brazeau’s drama series La Galère and the acclaimed World War 2 documentary series Amour Haine et Propagande, both of which are slated to be available by the end of the year.

The VOD service currently reaches one in every 10 Canadians via TVs, gaming consoles, computers and mobile devices.

In July the company reported its first profit, less than two years after opening up its services to the Canadian market.