• Report of Digital TV Ancillary/Supplemental Services Due December 2, 2013
  • November 11, 2013
  • Law Firm: Lerman Senter PLLC - Washington Office
  • By December 2, 2013, each commercial and non-commercial digital television broadcast station must file the annual DTV Ancillary/Supplementary Services Report, FCC Form 317, stating whether the station provided ancillary or supplementary digital services at any time between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013. Any station that provided ancillary or supplementary services during this period must also remit to the FCC an amount equal to 5% of the gross revenue received by the station for the provision of such services, including subscription charges or fees paid or received as a result of any third party compensation. FCC Form 317 must be filed electronically through the FCC’s electronic consolidated database system (CDBS).

    Ancillary or supplementary services include, but are not limited to, computer software distribution, data transmissions, teletext, interactive materials, paging services, and subscription video. Ancillary and supplementary services do not include free broadcast programming streams. As a consequence, free multicast programming streams are not required to be reported.

    A separate Form 317 must be filed by each full power commercial and noncommercial television station operated pursuant to an FCC license or permit, including those operated under special temporary authority (“STA”), and by each digital Class A, low power television, and television translator station operating pursuant to an FCC license or pursuant to STA.