Denmark hits streaming services with tax to support local TV

COPENHAGEN, May 23 (Reuters) – Danish lawmakers have agreed that global TV streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon and Disney must pay a tax of 6% of their revenue in the country to support local TV production.

The bill, which was passed on Saturday, comes as governments across Europe seek support for local TV and film production following the rapid rise in popularity of streaming services.

“Denmark must go as far as possible in providing good public services for children and young people, which can serve as a real alternative to tech giants’ platforms and foreign content,” the culture ministry said in a statement on Saturday. a statement.

He added that the fragmented media landscape following the entry of global streaming services “may challenge cohesion and democratic dialogue in our country.”

Switzerland and Portugal have introduced similar measures and Spain is expected to introduce a levy.

American streaming services have already made several productions in Denmark. Recently, Netflix teamed up with Danish broadcaster DR to produce the fourth season of “Borgen”, which airs this year. (Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen editing by Mark Potter)