The FPB’s R1-million licence fee for Netflix is a terrible idea

eg2505

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do they really think this applies to them?

I mean everybody will just use VPN's when netflix gets banned in SA,

just another way that in the internet era ,

governments and the taxes they impose matter less and less
 

dominic

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To submit comments – due by 29 October – on the FPB’s Draft Tariffs Review, visit the Gov.za website.
clarified with them it is 30 working days so deadline is 10 November
 

SauRoNZA

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There is absolutely no reason for this fee to exist in the first place.

But let's be lenient here and say the FPB really have South Africa at heart and want to classify content specially for our local market, then sure that's fine, but there is absolutely no reason at all to charge that fee annually then.

It should be a once off, end of story.
 

Ancalagon

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Good article, and it exposes this license fee for what it is - a blatant cash grab.
 

bwana

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I mean everybody will just use VPN's when netflix gets banned in SA,
With Netflix decisively winning the vpn blocking war that’s no longer a viable option for most. There are certain circumstances that you can still get away with using a vpn but they’re the exception, not the rule.

Their SA subscriber base will plummet.
 

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Netflix’s licence fee would be over R1 million if charged today, while Steam would have to pay at least R3.17 million to distribute games in SA.
Question... does, say for example, game, cna or pnp etc have to pay these fees? The also distribute games and movies
 

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Question... does, say for example, game, cna or pnp etc have to pay these fees? The also distribute games and movies
They are not distributors but resellers. The distributors are companies like ster kinekor (primedia), prima interactive, apex interactive etc
 

Temujin

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They are not distributors but resellers. The distributors are companies like ster kinekor (primedia), prima interactive, apex interactive etc
Steam and netflix count as resellers too then?
 
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