The Polish DTH platform nc+ has added its name to the list of companies critical of a draft law on the funding of public services broadcasting (PSB).
Quoting Paulina Smasz-Kurzajewska, the platform’s director of communications, Wirtualne Media reports that the enactment of the law in its current form could damage the whole media industry.
The law, as presented by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, would require pay-TV operators to provide details about their subscribers to Polish Post as part of a registration process for TVs.
It is expected to result in 2.8 million pay-TV subscribers paying receiver licence fees, adding an annual PLN730 million (€168.2 million) to PSB’s income.
Although the law was originally expected to come into effect six months after obtaining presidential approval, the minister of culture has indicated this will be reduced to 1.5-2 months.
As previously reported by Broadband TV News, Cyfrowy Polsat issued a strongly worded statement about the draft law earlier this month.