Fees reduced by 3.58% across the board and banded fee structure retained for second year after public consultation backs ATVOD proposals
Following a public consultation, The Authority for Television On Demand (ATVOD) , the regulator for video on demand services, has today announced its fee tariff for the year ending 31 March 2013. The new tariff, approved by Ofcom, retains the progressive banded structure first adopted for 2011-12 (which includes concessionary rates for micro-scale, small-scale and non-commercial service providers) and reduces rates by 3.58% in each band.
The key outcomes are:
- Fees reduced by 3.58% across the board
- Concessionary rate of ฃ96 for non-commercial service providers
- Concessionary rates of ฃ145 and ฃ193 for commercial service providers with turnover below ฃ50,000 and ฃ100,000 respectively
- A three band standard tariff based on the turnover of the service provider, with rates set at ฃ771, ฃ4,990, and ฃ9,980 for the first service, and a maximum of ฃ771 per service for further services from the same provider
- A cap of ฃ25,000 on the total fees paid by any single provider
Commenting on the decision, ATVOD Chief Executive Pete Johnson said:
The proposals we set out in the consultation took account of the work we had done in partnership with the industry through a joint working party and were endorsed by an overwhelming majority of respondents. We are very pleased to be able to cut fees across the board for 2012-13 and under the new tariff we expect that at least 50% of service providers will pay no more than ฃ771 and the smallest providers will pay ฃ193 or less. At the other end of the scale, companies operating large numbers of services will pay just ฃ771 for each extra service and will not pay more than ฃ25,000 however many services they provide.
Meanwhile it has been reported that ATVOD are getting heavy in trying to extract previous years fees from unappreciative VOD providers, and are threatening to issuing winding up orders.