Project in the Chamber wants to block subscription TV via streaming | Telecommunications

The saga of Streaming TV not over yet. After Anatel understands that linear channels on the internet do not fit into the pay TV legislation and are considered Value Added Service (SVA), deputy Paulo Teixeira (PT-SP) presented a draft legislative decree to block the agency’s decision . The parliamentarian claims that the change can bring “disastrous effects”For the audiovisual sector and a loss of R $ 3.77 billion in taxes.

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O PDL 403/2020 says: “The effects of Anatel’s Board of Directors Decision No. 472, of September 10, 2020, which recognizes that Audiovisual Content Offers Programmed via the Internet through Subscription (sVOD) are not considered as Conditional Access Service (SeAC) ”.

In justification, Teixeira states that Anatel’s decision harms the field of culture, since companies that distribute channels over the Internet would not have to comply with the quotas of national content established in the SeAC Law, which governs traditional pay TV. Without the obligations, the policy to promote Brazilian audiovisual production would be disjointed, defends the deputy.

As a result, Teixeira fears that the Brazilian audiovisual sector will be “heavily impacted” with pay-TV activities via streaming, due to a “massive migration of services” that are currently provided in the traditional format for the SVA model.

Another point raised by the deputy is the damage to society due to the lack of public channels, such as TV Câmara and TV Senado. In traditional pay TV, broadcasters are required to load channels on the grid, which would not be mandatory in the streaming model. For Anatel this is not exactly a problem, since public broadcasters make the signal available for free on the internet.

Change brings loss of R $ 3.77 billion in taxes

Teixeira also expresses concern about the losses that would be caused in a possible migration from SeAC to the internet: operators would stop paying R $ 3.7 billion to public coffers due to the difference in tax incidence. While traditional pay TV is charged with ICMS, Fust, Funttel and Condecine, streaming services bear only the ISS.

It is already possible to see the interest of companies in adopting the pay TV model over the internet: Claro should launch the service in the coming weeks, while other operators are discussing the offer of linear content by applications.

It is important to remember that the existence of streaming services does not automatically eliminate traditional pay TV, which will continue to be marketed and reaches where there is still no internet coverage. In addition, pay TV loses millions of customers year after year, as it is an expensive service that does not provide facilities such as content on demand and use on smartphones, tablets and computers.

Pay TV is shrinking: 1.5 million customers disconnected between July 2019 and July 2020. On the other hand, fixed broadband also adds accesses, up 1.7 million in the same period thanks to small providers, which arrive where large companies do not operate. If the concern is tax, the internet service is charged with ICMS, Fust and Funttel.

With information: Telesynthesis.

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