Spain: Telcos demand ‘all for one’ RTVE tax
June 17, 2019
From David Del Valle in Madrid
Spain’s telcos have demanded that the new streaming OTT platforms – including Netflix, HBO, Amazon, Dazn, among others – should also finance public broadcaster RTVE paying the same tax as currently levied on the telcos.
Spanish telcos dedicate by law 1.5 per cent of their revenues to finance RTVE, which banned from receiving advertising revenue. Coinciding with the transposition of a European directive into national legislation putting video service providers and traditional operators on the same footing, the telcos have urged the Government to impose the same RTVE tax on them or eliminate it for everyone.
The telcos argue that the same rules should be applied to all players for the benefit of fair competition.