25 NOV 2021

Streaming platforms in Spain forced to carry content in regional languages

The Spanish Government will approve a new 5% tax on audiovisual production and will force streaming platforms to have at least 6% of their catalogues in Spain's co-official languages - Galician, Basque and Catalan -.

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The Spanish Government will approve a new 5% tax on audiovisual production and will force streaming platforms to have at least 6% of their catalogues in Spain's co-official languages - Galician, Basque and Catalan -, the independence party Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) reported.

However, it is unclear if content produced in Spanish and dubbed in Catalan would qualify, an economy ministry source told Reuters, adding those details would be defined later. The 6% threshold comes under a broader requirement that 30% of the streaming services' content is produced in Europe, with 9% in Spanish.

Spain's cabinet is set to rubber stamp the draft law in the coming weeks before sending it to parliament, where it is expected to be approved in 2022 and come into full force in 2023, the Reuters’ source said.