Over the past year, we improved the way royalties for subscription television are analysed and distributed in a number of ways:
- We are now analysing a broad range of channels for distributions, rather than being restricted to music, movie and entertainment channels only.
- Audience ratings are now taken into account when calculating revenue for each channel. Previously this was based on music content only.
- Pass-through channels were included in the distribution for the first time (i.e. direct-to-home channels that do not have any local programming or interstitials inserted by the local pay TV operators).
A great deal of work is also being done to harmonise our distribution rules and practices for both APRA and AMCOS, with a view to easing the transition to the Copyright Licensing Enterprise Facility (CLEF). These changes, when implemented in the new system, will both streamline the operation of CLEF and remove any systemic anomalies that currently exist between our distribution practices.