Netflix & DSTV Users Could Pay TV Licence

The South African broadcaster wants companies like Multichoice, Netflix, Amazon Prime and other pay-TV and subscription streaming services to collect TV licence on behalf of the SABC. 

South Africa's deputy communications minister, Pinky Kekana said the SABC essentially wants the existing TV licence legislation to be changed. 

Only a small percentage of the population pays the SABC TV licence. This has badly affected the SABC as it was recently bailed out by the government. 

The broadcaster even asked the government for Covid-19 relief to the tune of R1.5 billion to help it stay afloat

"For pay service providers like Multichoice and subscription video-on-demand providers like Netflix to collect TV licence on behalf of SABC similar to municipalities collecting traffic fines and motor vehicle debt from motorists. An expanded definition of a TV licence is outdated and needs to be addressed to current realities.

Kekana said the SABC wants the TV licence to be paid even by people who don't use TV to watch the content on streaming platforms. 

"We also have platforms where people consume content, and in all of those areas, that is where we should look at how we are able to get SABC licence fees from those gadgets."

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