- Households without television or radio do not pay broadcasting royalties in Austria.
- This will soon change: as soon as there is internet, you have to pay.
- The change must be implemented by January 1, 2024.
In Austria, you only pay broadcasting costs for the public ORF if you also have a television or radio in your household. But it will not stay that way: according to the decision of the Vienna Constitutional Court on July 18, the current status of the fee schedule is not legal.
“If the legislator, in the exercise of its responsibility for financing ORF, assumes financing via a program fee, then, with regard to the requirements of the BVG Broadcasting, it cannot exempt from this financing obligation behavior of use indispensable to the regulation of broadcasting.” says the VfGH in its decision Party.
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In short, this means that whatever mode of reception is used, it must be chargeable – and the Internet must not be excluded as a relevant medium. The regulation still in force will expire at the end of 2023 – which is why households without a radio or television set will also have to pay contributions from 2024 as soon as they have an internet connection.
This is the situation in Germany
In Germany, households are no longer classified as subject to a fee based on existing equipment: since the end of the “GEZ fee” in 2013 and the introduction of the general broadcasting fee for all households, each apartment must be paid for – unless there is an express exemption from the obligation to contribute.
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