French DVD sales keep sliding


PARIS -- DVD sales were down for the third consecutive year in Gaul, dropping 11% in value and 10% in volume in 2007, according to estimates from the country's national syndicate for digital video, the SEVN.

France is the only major European country to exhibit such negative results in DVD sales in '07, and the DVD market here has seen a 25% decrease in value over the past three years.

The SEVN is hoping that the Olivennes anti-piracy plan passed in November will be set in place "as quickly as possible both in terms of the fight against illegal copying and in terms of a reorganization of media chronology by reducing the window of films' release on DVD," the organization said Monday.