The block to the Left, now to the streaming service


The Left Bloc has launched two new proposals within the debate on the Budget of the State for the 12 months 2020, which may change the panorama of the audio-visual sector within the Uk, and to boost the costs to be charged at the moment by the foremost streaming companies.

The proposals are as follows (by way of the esquerda.net):

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  1. The enhance within the annual payment paid by the telecom operators and the financing of the nationwide cinema.
  2. To lengthen that very same charge to the streaming companies equivalent to HBO, Portugal, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and, sooner or later, Disney and a+.

What does all this imply in observe? Currently, the operators (Meo, Vodafone, NOS, and so on.), you pay a flat payment for each shopper, which is used to finance the manufacturing of audiovisual works within the Uk. The anticipated enhance within the current model of the Budget put the speed at 2 € for the shopper, however it’s the Block you need it to be a 3.5. Mrs Barbara Day advised the viewers that it’s “a legislative initiative may be very consensual, and that you’ve a very good likelihood of being adopted”.

The second proposal, it scares you slightly bit extra to these of you who’re used to consuming their content material within the media throughout the platforms of television, and that in line with the press launch of the Block, which aren’t coated by the obligations within the funding in movie”.

The act seeks to handle this hole, by extending the companies of the streaming, the identical charge as that charged for the service suppliers. No one discordará of justice to see firms equivalent to Netflix to pay for the taxes, there’s the hazard right here, is that, as with every tax, there’s at all times an element of you that’s charged, which finally is mirrored within the worth of the service is, or shall be, within the pocket of the shopper.

If these two measures go within the present debate on the Budget, and shall act, there’s a worry that in view of the associated fee of the carriers on the rise, and the rise additionally in the associated fee of the companies for the transmission, that’s, the shopper would find yourself the sufferer of both 2 or 3, or 4, relying on the quantity of companies that you’ve subscribed to, will increase in taxes, as soon as and for all.


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