The dreaded 'TVE rate' shakes the new platforms. Everything seems to indicate that HBO, Netflix, Filmin, Rakuten, Amazon Prime and Sky will have to pay a fee to finance the public network, as Mediaset, Atresmedia, and to a lesser extent, operators like Movistar, Vodafone and Orange do.
This contribution is in force since 2009, when the then President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero eliminated publicity from the public body, and obliged private channels to allocate part of their income (3%) and tele-operators (0.9%) to the maintenance of TVE.
Paolo Vasile, CEO of Mediaset, already complained at the time of having to pay that fee and accused the government, "the arbitrator" of all this, of being "the enemy" for submitting his group to rules that did not impose to others. Also Sergio Oslé, president of Movistar, lamented the amount of taxes they paid with respect to their competitors.
Now, that referee who commented Vasile seems willing to whistle all the penalties, and almost to throw them, or rather to charge them himself, as ordered by Brussels a year ago. Europe gave a term of 21 months for this, and when there are still thirteen, the Government has decided to launch a measure that has already generated disparity of opinions. Many in favor, almost always highlighting the importance and the value of La 2, that channel that everyone wants and that (almost) nobody sees, but that is needed in a public television. There are also criticisms to pay more commercial formats such as 'MasterChef' or 'Operación Triunfo', curiously the ones with the most audience to the public channel.
Debate in the networks
The issue of the canon is generating its own debate on social networks. On the side of disagreement, Toni Cantó, deputy and spokesman for Citizens in the Valencian Parliament, and with a televised past, argued on Twitter that, by complying with the European Union's orders, the PSOE is forcing "to finance an RTVE that nobody see, at the cost of imposing a tax on what people do see. " Javier Olivares, creator of series such as' El Ministerio del Tiempo'e 'Isabel', did not take long to reply to him, saying that "ignorance is very daring", as it is a European regulation and not an occurrence. The scriptwriter and producer alluded to the models used in other countries, and added that for him, TVE should never be privatized. Alberto Caballero, creator of 'La que se avecina', also said that he paid HBO, Netflix, Amazon, Movistar and DAZN, and that it seems great that a part of his money goes to fund programs like those offered by La 2, which he described as "a wonder and a luxury".
At the rate that comes, Netflix seems to have already put the bandage, because this week has raised the price of two of its packages.
For his part, the president of Mediaset, Alejandro Echevarría, advocated a couple of months ago for a "rapid, equitable and effective" adaptation of the "outdated and obsolete" General Law of Audiovisual Communication before the regulatory novelties coming from the European Union .
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